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One dead, two missing in Indonesian floods: official

Widespread flooding has left one person dead and two missing in Indonesia's East Java, a health official said on Sunday.

world Updated: Jan 10, 2010 10:28 IST

Widespread flooding has left one person dead and two missing in Indonesia's East Java, a health official said on Sunday.

Water as high as one metre (three feet) submerged more than 500 houses in Pasuruan district due to continuous rain since Friday evening, health ministry crisis centre chief Rustam Pakaya told AFP.

"One was killed and two others still missing are believed to have drowned," he added.

The floods have yet to recede but "the situation is under control", Pakaya said.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, which is densely populated and prone to frequent heavy rain.

Activists have warned that logging and a failure to reforest denuded land in the world's fourth-most populous country are often to blame.