11 people buried, several others missing in landslide in Indonesia

  • Nearly a dozen people were feared to have been buried in a landslide in Indonesia
  • Several others remain missing and unaccounted for
  • Heavy rainfall in the regions triggered the landslide, local media have said

Nearly a dozen people were feared dead and buried while several others remain missing following a landslide in Indonesia’s province of Java on Saturday, April 1.

The landslide was triggered by the heavy rainfall in the region and some residents who were harvesting crops reportedly defied a government warning to evacuate the area the night before the tragedy struck.

At least 11 people have been confirmed buried and more than 20 others were unaccounted for.

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said more than 30 homes in the village of Banaras in Ponorogo district of East Java were destroyed.

The death toll is feared to rise as rescue operations were hampered by people flocking to the site to watch the extent of damage; causing heavy traffic jam.

NDMA spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho heavy equipment were needed to shift the earth and rescue those who were buried underneath.

Most of the victims are believed to be those who have returned to the village to harvest ginger after spending a night at a shelter after the government issued the warning.