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Dam disaster death toll rises to 91

Published 29/03/2009

Rescuers said the number of people killed when a dam burst outside the Indonesian capital Jakarta has climbed to 91.

The toll is expected to keep climbing with more than 100 still missing.

The tragedy occurred on Friday when a large lake bordering a low-lying residential area southwest of Jakarta overflowed following a torrential downpour.

Water first cascaded over the rim of the dam and then, hours later, a huge section of the earth wall tore away, sending muddy water crashing into homes like a tsunami, tossing cars, uprooting trees and dragging bodies for miles.

Search and rescue operations will continue for a week.

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