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19 dead as torrential rain sparks floods and landslides on Java

Torrential rain has triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least 19 villagers, officials said.

Nine people are still missing in West Java's Garut and Sumedang districts, said National Disaster Management Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The worst-hit district was Garut, where 16 people were found dead and eight are still missing after two rivers overflowed.

A list from the agency shows the dead in Garut include an eight-month-old baby, five other children and seven women.

Mr Nugroho said about 1,000 villagers were taken to army barracks and other temporary shelters.

He said three villagers were killed in Sumedang and one was still missing after landslides buried two houses and destroyed a mosque. About 100 villagers were evacuated.

More than 30 villagers were injured in both districts, Mr Nugroho said.

Heavy rain frequently causes landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, an archipelago where millions of people live in mountainous areas or on flood plains near rivers.



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