June 19, 2016 / 6:37 AM / a year ago

Flash floods kill 24 in Indonesia, thousands of homes damaged

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides killed 24 people in Indonesia’s Central Java province, officials said on Sunday, forcing residents to evacuate to safer areas as torrential rains damaged thousands of homes.

People stand in front of a flooded area in Kampung Sewuresidential area in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, June 19, 2016. Antara Foto/Maulana Surya/via REUTERS

Rescue teams searched for 26 others who remained missing after the region, among the most densely populated parts of the country, saw heavy rainfall overnight.

“Heavy rain has caused floods and landslides in 16 regencies in Central Java,” Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement.

“Rescue teams from the military, police, NGOs and volunteers, are contributing to the handling of the emergency and the search continues for those still missing,” he added.

Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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