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Flash floods kill 23 in Indonesia
Flash floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rain have killed at least 23 people in Indonesia, the state news agency Antara reports.

The worst-hit district was that of Bendungan in the east of the main island of Java, Antara reported.

Water in some areas had risen as high as two metres (6.6 ft), a local official said.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, especially during the period of the rainy season.

At least 24 people died in landslides and floods caused by heavy rains in eastern Indonesia in February.

In the latest floods, heavy rains had swelled the Ngasinan river, causing mudslides and blocking roads, the official said.

Telephone communications were also disrupted, he added.

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