Indonesia's Cyclone Cempaka: Death toll soars to 41 in island of Java; 28,000 people displaced

A tropical cyclone that pounded Indonesia's main island of Java has killed 41 people, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides

AFP December 06, 2017 14:57:11 IST
Indonesia's Cyclone Cempaka: Death toll soars to 41 in island of Java; 28,000 people displaced

Jakarta: A tropical cyclone that pounded Indonesia's main island of Java has killed 41 people, the country's disaster agency said on Wednesday, more than double the initial toll, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides.

Indonesias Cyclone Cempaka Death toll soars to 41 in island of Java 28000 people displaced

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Among the victims of Cyclone Cempaka were 25 people killed by a single landslide in east Java last week, the agency said.

The initial cyclone death toll was 19.

Some 28,000 people have been displaced by the storm, which hit Indonesia's most populous island last week.

"Almost five thousand homes have been damaged and more than three thousand others were inundated by flooding," said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The destruction from the cyclone came as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano on the neighbouring resort island of Bali threatened to erupt, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Cempaka has moved away from Indonesia, but Nugroho warned that more flooding and landslides still could happen.

Indonesia is prone to natural disasters and is often hit by floods and landslides.

A landslide on Bali in February killed 12 people, including three children.

In September 2017, almost 30 people died in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java.

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