Landslides kill at least 15 in Indonesia after year of disasters

At least 20 people missing

Reuters January 02, 2019
A resident carries his livestock following a landslide at Cisolok district in Sukabumi, West Java province, Indonesia, January 1, 2019. Photo: Reuters

JAKARTA: Indonesian rescue teams were searching for victims of a series of landslides that killed at least 15 people on New Year's Day, officials said, after a year of natural disasters killed thousands.

At least 20 people were missing after landslides during heavy rain buried 30 houses in Sukabumi regency, West Java.

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"Loose soil is a danger to rescue teams that are working in
the field," said disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo
Purwo Nugroho. Heavy rain had forced rescuers to suspend the search on Tuesday.

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Indonesia is a disaster-prone archipelago that in 2018 suffered its deadliest year in over a decade in a series of earthquakes and tsunamis in different regions killed more than 3,000 people.


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