Indonesia landslides kill 11, injure 18

Two landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others in western Indonesia, according to officials.

Iran PressAsia: The landslides at Cihanjuang village in West Java, about 150km (95 miles) southeast of the capital, Jakarta, took place at 4 pm (09:00 GMT) and 7:30 pm (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said in a statement on Sunday.

“The first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions. The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were still evacuating victims around the first landslide area,” Raditya Jati said.

"Rescuers were among the victims," he said.

"The death toll was preliminary as of Sunday morning," Jati said, adding that potential rain and thunderstorms through the day may hamper rescue efforts.

Indonesia frequently experiences floods and landslides, particularly during the rainy season from November to March, a situation often worsened by the cutting down of forests.


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