At least 24 people have died after heavy rains and floods triggered landslides in the Indonesian province of Central Java. An additional 26 people remain missing, said spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency.
Heavy rains drenched several areas for much of Saturday, causing flooding and landslides in 16 towns and cities across the province.
The Bogowonto river in Purworejo was also swollen due to floodwaters.
Most of the landslides and flooding occurred in the Purworejo subdistrict, where 11 people died and 26 are reported missing. A search is underway for those still unaccounted for.
In one incident, truck passengers tried to clear debris from a small landslide that had blocked the road. A number of motorcycles were behind the truck when a bigger landslide hit them. Nine people died in that incident.
Indonesian police and villagers carry the body of a flash flood victim in Sibolangit, North Sumatra on May 16.
Disaster officials, the military and police joined forces with nongovernmental and volunteers to rescue and evacuate residents from affected areas.
UNUSUALLY HEAVY RAINS
Heavy rains and flooding also hit West Sumatra on Thursday and Friday, killing one person and displacing thousands. The floods there have since subsided. June is usually relatively dry in the region. Click here to read more.
Jesus Calms the Storm
The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters, and they subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” He asked. Frightened and amazed, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!” -Luke 8:24-25
Lord, send your healing and strengthen the hurting. Direct them to you for hope and power. May they call on the name of Jesus who calms the storm and controls the winds and the waves.