Rain triggers deadly landslide in Indonesia

Rescuers are digging desperately with their bare hands and farm tools to locate nine missing people, including four children, officials said.

Rain triggers deadly landslide in Indonesia

Torrential rains have triggered a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 10 people, officials said.

Rescuers are digging desperately with their bare hands and farm tools to locate nine missing people, including four children, they added.

Dozens of soldiers, police and volunteers took part in the search in the village of Selopuro in East Java’s Nganjuk district, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said.

The mud that rolled down from surrounding hills late on Sunday struck at least eight houses, injuring 14 people and leaving 21 people buried under tons of mud.

This aerial shot released by the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency shows a village affected by a landslide in Nganjuk, East Java, Indonesia
An aerial shot shows the village affected by the landslide (Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency via AP)

Rescuers on Monday found bodies buried under as much as six metres (10ft) of mud and were searching for the nine people still missing, Nganjuk district chief Novi Rahman Hidayat said.

Heavy equipment arrived later to help in the search.

Overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks in other districts of the province on Monday, sending nearly one metre (about 3ft) of muddy water into some residential areas and forcing hundreds of people to flee from their submerged homes, Jati said.

Severe flooding has been reported in many provinces in the vast archipelago nation over the past few days.

Rescuers search for victims at a village hit by a landslide in Nganjuk, East Java, Indonesia
Rescuers search for victims (Trisnadi/AP)

Seasonal downpours cause frequent landslides and floods each year in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

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