Dam bursts near Indonesian capital, killing 34

March 26, 2009 9:24:08 PM PDT
Rescue officials say at least 34 people died when a dam burst outside Indonesia's capital sending a wall of water crashing into a crowded neighborhood. Hundreds of houses were submerged. The death toll is expected to keep rising as most people were sleeping when the decades-old dam burst at around 2 a.m. Friday following hours of torrential rain.

Data provided by the Red Cross showed at least 34 people died. Rescue officials confirmed those figures.

In some places water levels reached roof tops and Metro TV footage showed several bodies floating amid chairs, clothing and other debris. Telephone lines were toppled and cars swept away, some hundreds of feet (meters).

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