Floods, landslides kill 24 people in Indonesia
June 19, Jakarta: Flood and landslides in Indonesia's central Java killed at least 24 people and many others remain missing Sunday, an official said. The dead included two 10-year-olds and a pregnant woman.
Dozens of houses were buried in the landslides and thousands of homes were inundated by floods in 16 districts and towns over the weekend.
Spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that 26 villagers are missing in Purworejo, the worst hit district where 11 people died. He said seven people were killed in Kebumen district and six in Banjarnegara district.
Rescue workers including soldiers, police and volunteers are still searching for victims and evacuating others, according to media reports.
Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.
The Oslo Times International News Network