24 killed in flash floods, homes damaged in Indonesia

The Indonesian army, police,volunteers and NGO's are involved in search and rescue of missing persons after Central Java received torrential rain overnight. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Jakarta, Indonesia Jun 19, 2016, 08.20 AM (IST)
Flash floods and landslides killed 24 in Indonesia's Central Java province, officials said today, forcing residents to evacuate to safer areas as torrential rains damaged thousands of homes.

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.