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12/28/2007

Floods Wreck Havoc as Dozens are Swept Away

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Indonesian youth crosses a river by pulling on a rope after the bridge collapsed due to floods hitting their village in Solo, Indonesia's Central Java province, December 28, 2007.


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About 40 people are missing after floods triggered by heavy rain swept away a bridge in Indonesia's East Java province.

The floods engulfed cars and motorcycles passing the bridge in Madiun district, said a local police officer.

Two people were rescued but no bodies have been found.

About 80 people are also feared dead in landslides and floods in the neighbouring Central Java province.

Villagers on Indonesia's main island of Java were just finished cleaning up a home flooded by days of torrential rain when a landslide struck. Sixty-one people were buried alive, in the worst incident of its kind in the area for a quarter of a century.

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