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Storm kills 2, damages thousands of houses

  • Agus Maryono, Slamet Susanto and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Banyumas/Yogyakarta/Kudus   /   Mon, January 18 2010   /  10:53 am

A couple were killed by a falling tree and thousands of houses were destroyed or damaged in Banyumas, Central Java, when the area was hit by strong winds on Sunday.Strong winds also uprooted hundreds of trees and felled power lines in affected areas across Banyumas regency. β€œ[The winds struck] at around 4:30 p.m. It was so frightening. Many houses were damaged or collapsed,” said Samingun, the 50-year-old chief of Karangcegak village, Banyumas.  In Karangacek alone, around 400 houses were damaged, and 20 more had collapsed, he said.Agus Nurhadi, a spokesman for Banyumas administration, said the winds had affected almost all districts in the regency. β€œThe worst-hit districts were Sumbang, Baturraden, North Purwokertoa, Cilongok and Wangon, where many houses were flattened,” he said. In Yogyakarta, the rainy season that began to intensify early this month has significantly inc...