Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

JAKARTA (AFP) – Rescuers are searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain left at least 15 people dead and dozens missing in western Indonesia, an official said yesterday.

The landslide occurred shortly before sunset on Monday in West Java province. Search and rescue teams said they have found 15 people dead and are scouring the area for at least 25 missing.

Pouring rain, power cuts and rough roads are preventing heavy machinery from accessing the area in Sukabumi regency, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

“Relief efforts have also been hampered by a lot of people who want to get to the disaster,” he said.

“The roads are narrow which has caused rescue teams, logistics and ambulances to be stuck in traffic jams.”

The search operation had been halted yesterday but will resume this morning.

Four people have been injured in the disaster and 60 others evacuated from the area, Nugroho said.

Rescuers search for victims at a village hit by a landslide in Sirnaresmi, West Java, Indonesia. – AP