Indonesia: 5 Dead, 15 Missing due to Landslide

By | February 22, 2018 Leave a Comment
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By The Indonesianist

At least five people dead and 15 missing on Thursday due to landslides in Brebes Regency in central Indonesia, said National Disaster Management Agency.

Agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the disaster accured in the morning when the villagers were working in the fields in a village in Salem District.

He said 15 people allegedly still buried in landslides, and 14 others were rescued and has been treated in the nearest clinic.

"The SAR team is trying to evacuate the victims," ​​Nugroho said.

The rescuers has difficulty finding victims because the land is still moving, the landslide material is loose, thick and wide.

"The public is urged not to approach the landslide location due to danger of aftershocks," he said.

The landslide allegedly due to the high rain intensity, that happened all night on Wednesday.

The disaster location is in the hilly and downstream areas of the river, thus becoming a landslide-prone zone.

In December 2017, at least eight sand miners were killed buried by landslides in the Magelang Regency.

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, which is comprised of a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.

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