Indonesia – Massive Landslide in East Java Leaves 3 Dead and 25 Feared Missing

Disaster management authorities in Indonesia are still desperately searching for survivors after a massive landslide struck in a remote village in Ponorogo Regency, East Java, on 01 April, 2017.

As of 03 April, National Board for Disaster Management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – BNPB) said that the bodies of 3 victims had been found but a possible 25 people were still missing.

Landslide in Banaran Village, Pulung District, Ponorogo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, April 2017. Photo: BNPB

The landslide occurred in Banaran Village, Pulung District. BNPB reported that, of the 35 families or 128 inhabitants living in the affected area, 100 people managed to escape without harm. BNPD pointed out that figures may change as further assessments are carried out.

At least 20 people were injured in the landslide, one of them seriously. Around 30 houses have been damaged or destroyed. A total of 300 people, including some from neighbouring communities, have been evacuated to safer areas.

Heavy rain began to fall on 31 March and residents were reportedly warned of the threat of landslides, with some evacuating their homes. However, many returned the next day when the landslide struck.

A total of 1,655 personnel from disaster authorities, military, police, NGOs and volunteers are working in the affected area, searching for survivors. However, the search has been extremely hard going. Landlisde rubble and debris is 20 metres deep in some parts. Further heavy rain on 02 April caused search operations to be suspended temporarily.

In a 24 hour period from 02 to 03 April, Cilacap town (around 350 km west of Banaran) recorded 103 mm of rain and Tretes weather station (about 100 km east) recorded 73 mm.

Images below courtesy of BNPB:

Landslide in Banaran Village, Pulung District, Ponorogo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, April 2017. Photo: BNPB
Landslide in Banaran Village, Pulung District, Ponorogo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, April 2017. Photo: BNPB
Landslide in Banaran Village, Pulung District, Ponorogo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, April 2017. Photo: BNPB

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Flood summary

Last updated: April 5, 2017
Event
Ponorogo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, April 2017
Date
April 1 to April 3, 2017
Type
Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

Banaran Village, Pulung District, Ponorogo Regency

Damages

Fatalities
3 people
April 1 to April 3, 2017
Missing people
25 people
April 1 to April 3, 2017
Affected
130 people
April 1 to April 3, 2017

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