At least 11 dead as floods and landslide hit Indonesia

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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. Flash flooding and landslides in Indonesia have killed 24 and left more than two dozen missing, an official said on June 19, with mud avalanches burying people inside their homes. / AFP PHOTO / ROHMAT SYARIF

 

JAKARTA: At least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia´s main island of Java, an official said Tuesday.

A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Java province and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area.

Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.

The extreme weather will continue to hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, the spokesman added, warning people to be prepared for floods, landslides and tornados.

The agency said it urgently needs blankets, clothes and inflatable boats for affected areas.

Indonesia is often hit by landslides and floods.

Twelve people including three children died in a landslide on the holiday island of Bali in February.

In September last year almost 30 people died in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java.