Death Toll Rises in Indonesia Landslides, Flooding

Indonesian villagers and search and rescue team members carry out the body of a landslide victim at Gumelem Kulon village in Banjarnegara on June 19, 2016. (ROHMAT SYARIF/AFP/Getty Images)


(SOURCE)   More than four dozen people have been killed by flooding and landslides and many others remain missing in central Java as of Sunday.

Heavy rain submerged 16 districts with flooding Saturday and triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses in the area.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AP that 25 villagers were missing in the worst-hit district of Purworejo, where 19 people died. Those dead included two 10-year-olds and a pregnant woman. He said seven people were killed in Kebumen district and six in Banjarnegara district.

“At this time, the victim of landslide has reached 47 people dead and 15 people missing. The data compilation is still ongoing,” Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told news.com.au on Monday.

In one incident,truck passengers were trying to clear debris from a small landslide when a bigger landslide hit them, CNN reports. There were numerous motorcycles behind the truck at the time. Nine people died.

An Indonesian woman stands amid salvaged belongings after flash floods hit Kamulyan village in Banyumas, Central Java on June 19, 2016. (ROHMAT SYARIF/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescue workers including soldiers, police and volunteers were still searching for victims and evacuating others. Most of the flooding has receded, but residents in affected areas were encouraged to remain vigilant because heavy rains were predicted to continue until Monday.

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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