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A bicycle is seen covered in debris following a flash flood this week which killed more than 20 people in Garut, West Java, September 23, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. — Handout via ReutersA bicycle is seen covered in debris following a flash flood this week which killed more than 20 people in Garut, West Java, September 23, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. — Handout via ReutersJAKARTA, Sept 23 — Rescuers have recovered 27 bodies and are searching for 22 missing persons after flash floods and landslides struck West Java province in western Indonesia on Wednesday and Tuesday, a spokesman from the national disaster agency said today.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported that the flash floods in Garut district have left 951 houses damaged, swept by currents of rivers, and submerged by mud and waters, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.  

A total of 1,600 personnel, comprising soldiers, police and those from local search and rescue office, disaster agency office and Red Cross are taking part in the search and rescue operation, Sutopo told Xinhua via phone.

One helicopter is combing the areas along the two rivers, whose waters overflowed banks after heavy downpours earlier on Wednesday to find the victims, he added.

The natural disaster also injured 32 people and forced 433 people to take shelter at government office buildings and military stations, said Sutopo.

In Sumedang district, three people were killed and another was rescued alive after landslides hit the area on Tuesday, Ridwan Sunaria, secretary at the provincial disaster agency, told Xinhua via phone.

Indonesia is frequently hit by floods and landslides during heavy rains. — Bernama

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