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Indonesian soldiers search for landslide victims at Caok village in Purworejo, Central Java province, Indonesia, June 19, 2016. Antara Foto/Hendra Nurdiyansyah/via REUTERS

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides killed 24 people in Indonesia's Central Java province, officials said on Sunday, forcing residents to evacuate to safer areas as torrential rains damaged thousands of homes.

Rescue teams searched for 26 others who remained missing after the region, among the most densely populated parts of the country, saw heavy rainfall overnight.

"Heavy rain has caused floods and landslides in 16 regencies in Central Java," Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement.

"Rescue teams from the military, police, NGOs and volunteers, are contributing to the handling of the emergency and the search continues for those still missing," he added.

(Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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