At least 24 dead after flooding and landslides in Java, Indonesia

Villagers walk through the area affected by landslides in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia. Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

At least 24 people have been killed by flooding and landslides in central Java and many others remain missing Sunday, an Indonesian official said.

Dozens of houses were buried in the landslides and thousands of homes were inundated by floods in 16 districts and towns over the weekend.

The dead included two 10-year-olds and a pregnant woman.

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.

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.


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