Indonesia floods, landslides toll reaches 43

Indonesia floods, landslides toll reaches 43

Jakarta, June 20 (IANS) The death toll from flooding and landslides in Indonesia’s Central Java province has risen to 43 with 19 missing and 14 injured, an official from the disaster agency said on Monday.

Search for the missing persons resumed Monday morning involving hundreds of rescuers, the official told Xinhua news agency.

“The focus of the operation today (Monday) is to find the corpses and search for other affected persons,” he said.

An assessment of the impact of the floods and landslides is currently underway, the official said.

The districts of Purworejo, Banjarnegara and Kebumen were the hardest-hit areas, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the agency has said.

Sixteen districts and cities have been affected by the disasters since Saturday after non-stop heavy rains, he said.

Landslides have also blocked roads that hampered access to the disaster-affected-areas, Sutopo added.

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