At least 10 people have died and many more are thought to be missing after heavy rain falling on unstable ground caused a massive landslide in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia.
The landslide occurred in Serasan District, Natuna Regency in the Riau Islands Province on 06 March 2023.
Disaster authorities in the country said the incident was triggered by high-intensity rainfall coupled with unstable soil conditions. Initial assessments suggest at least 10 people have died, 42 were missing and 8 were injured. Around 30 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed. Over 1,200 people have evacuated their homes in the area.
Severe weather is making access to some of the affected areas difficult and hindering rescue and relief efforts. Roads have been blocked and telecommunications networks interrupted. Disaster officials said evaluation of the situation is ongoing and the numbers of affected and missing are likely to change.
Serasan is on a remote island, about 150 km south of the main island of Natuna Regency.