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'At least' 24 dead in Indonesia floods

Published 19/06/2016 | 12:41

Villagers walk through the area affected by landslides in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia. (AP)
Villagers walk through the area affected by landslides in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia. (AP)

At least 24 people have been killed - and many more were missing - after flooding and landslides in central Java.

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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, police said.

Spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that 26 villagers were 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 where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.

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