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Heavy rains brought more misery and suffering after triggering floods and landslides that have left at least 10 people dead in western Java, officials said on Friday.
Bodies were being recovered late on Thursday after rain caused a landslide that slammed into the village of Campaka, in Cianjur district, West Java Province.
Others were missing and injured, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry’s crisis center.About 350 people were evacuated to nearby villages, he said. Teams were searching for the missing people and the death toll appeared likely to increase.
“Cianjur, Garut, and Sukabumi are all landslide-prone areas, as the soil there is unstable,” Rustam said, referring to two districts near Cianjur.
Torrential rains also spawned flash floods that swept through the subdistrict of Majalaya, West Java, on Thursday evening, Pakaya said.
One woman was electrocuted when water flooded her house in the village of Majaserta, Majalaya.
The floods left 16 people seriously injured and forced 1,220 residents from their homes.
High water also blocked access to the main road between Majalaya and Bandung, the capital of the province.
Antara news agency reported that about 100 police officers and soldiers had been deployed to clear debris-covered roads and assist in the relief efforts.
Thousands of residents in east and south Jakarta, meanwhile, were evacuated to higher ground after flooding, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Coordinating Unit.
Floods forced over 6,000 residents to flee on Friday, the agency said in a press release.
Weather officials said residents should brace for more flooding and landslides.