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Floods and landslides leave 4 missing, over 200 houses submerged in West Java, Indonesia

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Heavy downpours struck West Java, Indonesia, on Saturday, October 3, 2020, triggering floods and landslides that left four people missing and more than 200 houses submerged, according to disaster agency officials.

In Cianjur District, a river overflowed due to heavy rains, inundating houses in the surrounding areas, said the local disaster management agency's senior official, Kuswara Retana.

The floods affected the four sub-districts of Leles, Cijati, Sindangbarang, and Agrabinta, said District Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) secretary Irfan Sopyan. 

Leles was the worst-hit sub-district, where floodwaters have reached 2 m (6.5 feet).

As per preliminary data acquired form disaster response volunteers in Leles, more than 200 houses were submerged.

Around 10 houses and a bridge were damaged, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate and take refuge in neighbors and mosques.

At least four people went missing after being swept away by raging waters. According to Retana, one of the victims was reportedly dead but his body was yet to be found.

"The 2 m (6.5 feet) high floodwaters submerged most houses in the villages of Pusakasari, Karyamukti, Sindangsari, and Nagasari, Leles Sub-district. We are still awaiting the exact report of a woman being swept away by the water currents," Sopyan added.

The officials mentioned the need for humanitarian aids, such as food and clothes.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the scene to assist flood victims and for search operations, said Seni Wulandari, an official from the provincial search and rescue office. 

Meanwhile, landslides hit three areas in the province, making roads inaccessible, especially those that lead to disaster-hit locations.

Blocked roads have hampered disaster agency crews from reaching other flood victims, Budi Budiman, the head of the emergency unit oft he provincial disaster management agency, told Xinhua.

More heavy rains are expected in the months ahead, the country's weather agency warned.

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