Indonesia: Rescuers search for dozens buried in landslides, 11 confirmed dead


Rescue workers were searching for 47 people who were believed to be buried in their homes. Landslides Which roams in the villages IndonesiaThe remote Natuna Islands after heavy rains. Officials said on Tuesday that 11 people had been confirmed dead.

National Disaster Management Agency chief Suharyanto said eight more injured people were brought out alive, three of them in critical condition.

They were taken to hospitals in nearby Ranai as well as in the city of Pontianak on the island of Borneo, about 285 kilometers (180 miles) from the villages of Genting and Pangkalan. They are located on a remote island surrounded by choppy waters and high tides in the Natuna Archipelago off the coast of the South China Sea.

There were reports that 47 people were trapped in 27 houses that were buried under tons of mud from the surrounding hills on Monday. The landslide displaced more than 1,200 people who were moved to evacuation centers and other shelters. Officials have feared that the death toll may increase.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said two helicopters and several planes carrying rescuers, medical teams and relief supplies including tents, blankets and food had left from Jakarta and nearby islands.

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“Distribution of relief materials is difficult because the injured and displaced people are spread out and difficult to reach,” Muhari said. Rainy weather, downed communication lines and lack of heavy equipment are hampering search and rescue operations around the disaster site.

Monsoon rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or fertile floodplains near rivers. live

In November 2022, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake triggered a landslide in the city of Cianjur in West Java, killing at least 335 people, a third of whom were children.

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