Death toll from series of landslides, floods and hurricanes that swept through several Indonesian provinces has rose to 97 Monday, thousands of other residents staying homeless, officials and news reports say. In Banten province on the western tip of Java, more landslides reportedly took place at several villages of Lebak district, buried dozens of houses and claimed the lives of as many as 92 people. Antara, the Indonesian official news agency reported that the Lebak Situ villages were the hardest-hit by the slides, where at least 81 people were killed. The landslides also cut off the road between Cipanas and Warungbanten, caused the isolation of two villages of Lebak Buah and Bojong Sarung. The agency also reported that several days of torrential rains also caused rivers in Banten province to overflow their banks, flooding into dozens of villages in 10 sub-district areas, leaving more than 5,600 families homeless. Other reports from east Java province that several days of incessant rains caused the Bengawan Solo River to overflow their banks, inundated thousands of houses and hundreds of hectares of rice fields in Bojonegoro district, but there were no reports of casualties. Meanwhile, the Jakarta Post reported that a hurricane stormed into South Sumatra province of Lampung, killing at least two people and damaging dozens of homes and scores of coconut trees. The hurricane also hit East Java district of Malang, killing at least three people and destroyed five houses, UPI news agency reports.
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