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Indonesia cleaning up in wake of Cyclone Iggy

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Indonesia is cleaning up after Tropical Cyclone Iggy swept through the nation, killing 16 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

After four days of severe weather across Indonesia's western islands, Cyclone Iggy has moved towards the coast of north-western Australia, where it's now weakening.

"I thought it was only like a normal wind," says local villager Sukamto. "It was from the morning and getting stronger until 8 at night."

Most of the deaths are attributed to falling trees, with 11,000 trees uprooted in East Java province alone.

The body of an 18-month-old girl was retrieved after heavy rains caused land slides in Bali.

Search and rescue authorities say the baby had been moved to a food stall for shelter, moments before a 12-metre adjacent cliff gave way.

In total, 35 regions across the country have been affected.

Indonesia is accustomed to severe weather patterns, with a climate where monsoon season often brings flooding and landslides.

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