At least 17 killed, 41 missing due to landslides in Indonesia

WEST JAVA, Jan. 8, 2020 (Xinhua) — Villagers try to move a van out of the mud after floods and landslides at Cileuksa village, West Java province of Indonesia, Jan. 7, 2020. Floods and landslides swamped a wide range of areas in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Xinhua/IANS)

Indonesia : Landslides striking Indonesia’s western province of Riau Islands have left at least 17 people dead while 41 others are missing, an official said on Wednesday.

The natural disaster occurred in Natuna Regency on Monday. Heavy downpours were blamed for the disaster, said Syariffuddin Muhammad, secretary of Natuna disaster management and mitigation agency, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Six more bodies were found on Wednesday, so the total casualties reached 17,” he told Xinhua over phone. The search and rescue for the victims would continue. The disaster has forced over 1,000 residents to flee from their homes, said Syariffuddin.


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