Landslide on Indonesia’s Java Island Kills 12 After Heavy Rain

A landslide has buried 11 houses near southern foothills of Mount Gede, Indonesia, after heavy rainfall.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AA) – Rescue teams recovered Sunday the bodies of 12 people after a landslide buried their homes in Indonesia’s West Java province.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the National Disaster Management Agency’s public relations chief, told The Anadolu Agency that the landslide occurred late Saturday due to heavy rainfall in a village of Sukabumi city, located in the southern foothills of Mount Gede.

“All the victims buried by the landslide have been discovered. A total of 12 people died,” he said in a text message Sunday night.

He had earlier explained that 11 houses where a total of 30 people resided were impacted.

Around 300 locals have fled to the Tegal village hall.

Teams from the Regional Disaster Management Agency and military and police forces had taken part in search efforts, assisted by heavy equipment.

There are around 1,300 natural disaster cases per year in Indonesia, particularly on the islands of Java and Sumatra.

Last December, heavy rainfall triggered a landslide in Central Java province that claimed at least 95 lives. Landslides caused more than 340 deaths in 2014, more than any other natural disaster in Indonesia.