Java Floods Kill 6, 3 More Missing

Indonesian officials on Friday said flash floods triggered by heavy rains on the main island of Java left six people dead and three others missing.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said rivers on the slopes of Mount Arjuno overflowed their banks on Thursday, and their muddy waters flooded five hamlets in Kota Batu in East Java province, which swept away 15 people. 

“Until now, we are still trying to find three people still missing,” Disaster Agency acting spokesperson Abdul Muhari said. 

The agency said rescuers later found six survivors. 

Meanwhile, roads covered with thick mud and debris hampered relief efforts, but the evacuation of people in the severely affected areas to government shelters pushed through.

There were no reports of casualties from other parts of the country where severe flooding also occurred. 

Disaster agency chief, Ganip Warsito, said heavy rains would continue until February, partly because of a La Nina weather pattern.

Seasonal rains frequently cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia. 

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