At least 31 dead and 19 others missing in a flooding in western Indonesia (Photo: cnn.com)

Jakarta (VNA)
– Flooding in western Indonesia has left at least 31 dead and 19 others missing while affecting thousands local livelihoods and damaging houses and buildings.

According to the National Agency for Disaster Management, most of the victims come from Purworejo, Banjarnegara and Kebumen districts.

The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said that flash floods hit the Jatiroto and Purbowangi villages in Buayan, Kebumen district on June 18.

Search and rescue efforts have been pushed forwards; however, they are hampered by landslides, which blocked traffic in a number of roads.

Earlier, local authorities have put a flood emergency status in place.

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.-VNA