April 29, 2019 / 6:40 AM / 20 days ago

Indonesia floods, landslides kill at least 29

An aerial view shows a flooded area in Bengkulu, Indonesia, April 27, 2019. Picture taken April 27, 2019. Antara Foto/David Muharmansyah/ via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centers amid fears of disease.

More than a dozen people were missing after the rain hit the province of Bengkulu, on the southwest side of Sumatra, on Friday and Saturday, the agency said.

Hundreds of buildings had been damaged, along with roads and bridges, with two districts cut off by landslides, adding that the floodwater had subsided in some places.

Displaced villagers needed tents, boats, food and water, while heavy equipment was also needed to build temporary bridges.

Authorities have warned of the risk of disease spreading due to the lack of clean water.

(This story corrects spelling of province in paragraph 2)

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Nick Macfie

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