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Cyclone death toll doubles

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JAKARTA (AFP) – A tropical cyclone that pounded Indonesia’s main island of Java has killed 41 people, the country’s disaster agency said yesterday, more than double the initial toll, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides. Among the victims of Cyclone Cempaka were 25 people killed by a single landslide in east Java last week, the agency said. The initial cyclone death toll was 19. Some 28,000 people have been displaced by the storm, which hit Indonesia’s most populous island last week. “Almost five thousand homes have been damaged and more than three thousand others were inundated by flooding,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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