No less than 11 individuals have been killed, together with a six-year-old boy, and scores extra have been lacking after lethal landslides hit Indonesia’s West Java province, authorities stated Sunday.
Torrential rains triggered the catastrophe on Saturday night within the city of Sumedang, the place a second landslide buried residents and a rescue group that had been looking for the preliminary victims, stated Bandung rescue company spokeswoman Seni Wulandari.
“We’re nonetheless documenting what number of are lacking after the second landslide as a result of there have been many individuals who joined the unique rescue effort,” she stated.
No less than one survivor was critically injured, whereas 11 individuals have been confirmed lifeless, Wulandari stated.
Deadly landslides and flash floods are widespread throughout the Indonesian archipelago, the place seasonal downpours are frequent and relentless.
In September final 12 months, at the very least 11 individuals have been killed in landslides on Borneo island whereas a couple of months earlier, landslides in Sulawesi killed dozens.
Indonesia’s catastrophe company has estimated that 125 million Indonesians — almost half the nation’s inhabitants — dwell in areas susceptible to landslides.
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