Landslide In Indonesia Leaves Dozens Missing

A landslide in central Java, in Indonesia, has left at least 11 people dead and a further 108 missing after it destroyed a village.

The village of Jemblung – in Banjarnegara, central Java, about 450 km (280 miles) from the capital, Jakarta – was heavily damaged by a landslide on Saturday.

Hundreds were evacuated from the surrounding area, while the landslide left at least 11 people dead and a further 108 people missing. The rescue effort struggled to get through to the effected area, rescuers digging through the earth with bare hands, desperate to locate the lost even despite the lack of proper tools.

Landslides and mudslides are common in Indonesia during the monsoon season, which usually runs from October until April.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 11 people had been killed and 379 people from the surrounding areas had been taken to temporary shelters.

“Jemblung village was the most affected,” he said in a statement. “Rescuers are still trying to find more victims. The challenge is that the evacuation route is also damaged by the landslide.”

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