Landslides in Indonesia keep at least 11 dead, 18 injured

10 January, 2021
Two landslides triggered by large rain in Indonesia still left at least 11 dead and 18 injured, officials said on Sunday (Jan 10).

The landslides at Cihanjuang Village in West Java, about 150km southeast of the administrative centre Jakarta, occurred at 4pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Firm (BNPB) spokesman Raditya Jati said found in a statement.

"The primary landslide was triggered by excessive rainfall and unstable soil conditions. The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were nonetheless evacuating victims around the first landslide region," Raditya said.

Rescuers who were still evacuating people following a primary disaster were among the victims, he added.
The death toll was preliminary by Sunday morning, Raditya said, adding that potential rain and thunderstorms during the day may hamper rescue efforts.

The rain stopped on Saturday night. A bridge plus some roads had been blocked by the landslides as authorities struggled to generate heavy equipment to obvious the debris.

Seasonal rains and excessive tide in latest days have caused a large number of landslides and widespread flooding across a lot of Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of folks stay in mountainous areas or in close proximity to fertile flood plains close to rivers.

President Joko Widodo in October warned Indonesia that serious rains from the La Nina weather conditions system could result in flooding and landslides, affecting the country's agricultural productivity. A La Nina routine is normally characterised by unusually winter in the equatorial Pacific Sea.

Indonesia frequently suffers floods and landslides, particularly during the rainy time from November to March, a predicament often worsened by the reducing of forests.