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Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Indonesia

February 21, 2010 — Thousands of people have fled their homes amidst flooding in Indonesia.

A swollen river in Indonesia's West Java region spilled its' banks on Sunday, leaving several villages near the capital of Bandung under water.

Heavy rain had been drenching the region for weeks. Now, thousands of people are having to stay in temporary shelters.

Landslides and floods are common in Indonesia, where tropical downpours can quickly soak hillsides. Years of deforestation often means there is little vegetation to hold the soil.

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