At least 75 people have been killed or left missing after torrential rain caused floods and landslides in Indonesia. Rescue services in Java say the landslides were the worst for a quarter of a century. Many areas remain cut off after floods destroyed local roads. Thousands of people were moved to shelters after their homes were washed away.
Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency reported 24 bodies had been recovered in Karang Anyar district. The number of victims may rise; varying reports said at least 50 or 60 people are still missing. Heavy rains often cause floods or landslides in Indonesia. Years of deforestation have left hillsides unprotected, with little vegetation to stabilise the soil.
The floods and landslides happened on the anniversary of the catastrophic indian Ocean tsunami which struck Indonesia and other countries in the region three years ago today. Around a quarter of a million people were killed by the giant waves.