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5 die in Indonesia after heavy rains trigger floods

5 die in Indonesia after heavy rains trigger floods
Dam bursts, leaving water crashing down onto two villages -- many of whom's inhabitants were fast asleep

By Ainur Rohmah

TUBAN, Indonesia (AA) – Five people have died in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in two villages.

West Java police spokesman Commissioner Yusri Yunus said that outside of those killed, a 10-year-old boy remained missing and three other people were seriously injured

"338 residents have been evacuated in case of further flooding," Antara news reported Yunus as saying.

The flooding occurred around midnight Sunday when heavy rains hit the highland region of Cisalak.

After a dam burst, water crashed down onto the two villages -- many of whom's inhabitants were fast asleep,

According to local police, 16 houses were swept away, and a dozen others were slightly damaged.

"Damage to nearby rice fields is still being calculated by village officials," Yunus said.

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.

source: News Feed
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