Cyclone kills 19, most under landslide, on Indonesian island of Java

by Reuters
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:33 GMT

People wade through flood waters, caused by heavy seasonal rain, on a street in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia November 17, 2017, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Novrian Arbi/ via REUTERS

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Video footage showed rivers overflowing and roads and villages submerged in brown water after the storm struck on Tuesday

JAKARTA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A tropical cyclone killed 19 people on the Indonesian island of Java, officials said on Wednesday, with most of the victims caught under a landslide.

Video footage showed rivers overflowing and roads and villages submerged in brown water after the storm struck on Tuesday.

"Nineteen people have died, thousands of homes have been flooded and other damage has been caused," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on Twitter.

Two nearby airports were briefly closed but had since reopened. Flights around Indonesia have been disrupted due to the eruption of a volcano on the neighbouring holiday island of Bali to the east.

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen and Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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