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Total toll in landslides and floods climbs to 153 JAKARTA - The number of fatalities of landslides and floods on Java Island, has climbed to 153, the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned of possible catastrophes across the nation, which has thousands of lack-forest covered areas with dense population, due to prediction of the meteorology agency that rainfalls would be high in December, January and February.

An official said that the rescue of missing persons, involving thousands of police, soldiers, the countries rescue teams and volunteers had been underway. The head of crisis center of the country's health ministry Rustam Pakaya said that heavy rains still triggered floods in Bojonegoro regency of East Java province and threatened to watered other areas in the province, as the waters of Bengawan Solo rivers overflowed.

"Thousands of houses in Bojonegoro are still submerged and thousands others in Tuban are threatened to be inundanted," he told Xinhua by phone from Central Java province. Indonesian Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban has said that Java Island is the most vulnerable island from the disasters, as the island's soil mostly comprised of clay and sand which has lack capability to hold excessive waters during heavy rainfalls.


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