At least 18 people died in one of the latest Islamist attacks on a village in eastern Congo last week. The insurgents targeted Apetina-Sana, the top administrative town in Congo’s Beni region near the Ugandan border, where the Ugandan-based Allied Democratic Forces has stepped up its attacks. More than 200 people have died since October when the group staged a counteroffensive against the army’s crackdown on it. —O.O.
Flash floods and landslides have led to the deaths of at least 66 people and displaced more than 170,000 others in Indonesia’s capital city and other nearby towns. The country is enduring one of the heaviest rainy seasons in years, with more rainfall forecast in the days and weeks ahead.
Floodwaters submerged at least 169 neighborhoods, reaching up to 19 feet deep in some areas. The disaster management agency said many of the victims drowned or were buried by landslides, while several others died from hypothermia and electric shocks. The flooding is the worst since 2007, when 80 people died in less than two weeks.
Authorities used water pumps to reduce the water levels in some areas, while the nation’s technology agency used cloud seeding, the process of dropping sodium chloride from small planes to induce rainfall, to break up rainstorms before they reached the worst-hit areas. Health workers and soldiers sprayed disinfectant in some regions to ward off diseases.
Jakarta, home to about 30 million people, is one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to start relocating the capital to the East Kalimantan province of Borneo by 2024 to alleviate pollution, congestion, and environmental hazards. —O.O.