Jan. 9 - The Bengawan Solo River bursts its banks in Indonesia's East Java province, causing widespread flooding and paralysing main roads that lead to the city of Surabaya.
Rescuers use rubber boats to deliver food and medicine to the flood victims. Landslides and floods are a common occurrence during the rainy season in Indonesia, especially in heavily logged areas.
Landslides and floods in Indonesia's East Java province has left hundreds of homes submerged and residents are struggling to survive. At least 112 people have been killed and nine have been missing since the bad weather hit the island over the past week.Residents are still using boats to get around flood waters that are up to three metres (10 feet) deep.Around 3,000 people have set up makeshift tents along roads.Fisherman, Sunggar, was left homeless after the floods and had to set up a tent alongside many others who have been displaced.SOUNDBITE: Sunggar, a fisherman, saying (Bahasa Indonesia):"I took refuge with my family on January 1. The water from Bengawan Solo made us panic, and life in the tent on the side of the road is very unpleasant." Disaster officials said 40 rubber boats were sent to distribute food, medicine and other necessities to isolated areas. Local authorities provided refugees with medical services. Some of the thousands of displaced residents have returned to their homes as floodwaters started to subside. But rescue workers continued their search for several people who are still missing. Puja Bharwani, Reuters.
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