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Severe floods and landslides damage more than 10 000 homes in West Java, death toll rises to 21 with 19 missing, Indonesia

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Severe weather in West Java, Indonesia, has triggered severe flooding that damaged more than 10 000 homes, according to the disaster management agency BNPB. Rescue efforts continue as of January 13, 2021, to retrieve missing people after landslides hit Sumedang District on January 9. 21 deaths have been confirmed, while 19 others remain missing.

Heavy rains on January 10 caused the Citarum River to overflow, affecting the districts of Soreang, Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, and Bojongsoang.

Floodwater was more than 1 m (3 feet) in some areas. According to the BNPB, up to 10 572 homes, 28 schools, and 46 places of worship sustained damages.

About 20 409 families or 66 400 people have been affected. Evacuations were reported, but figures were yet to be available.

Meanwhile, rescue efforts continue on Wednesday to locate people that went missing after landslides hit Cihanjuang Village in Cimanggung, Sumedang on January 9.

Search and rescue efforts were often hindered by the severe weather and torrential rains that potentially trigger another mudslide, said Bandung's Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) head, Deden Ridwansyah.

As of Wednesday, January 13, authorities confirmed 21 deaths, while 19 remain missing. The final death toll is subject to change, SAR noted.

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