Indonesia: 18 Bodies found, 9 ID’ed, 100 missing in Java after major landslide – Published 131214 1152z (GMT/UTC)

12 dead, nearly 100 missing in Indonesian landslide – Official

A rescue team searches for survivors and remove bodies after a landslide at Jemblung village. – AFP Photo/DidaNuswantara

JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left nearly 100 others missing on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.Hundreds of rescuers were digging through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, the national disaster agency said.

The landslide swept down a hillside in the village, sparing only two houses, an AFP correspondent said.

TV footage showed bystanders watching the emergency effort while rescuers passed an orange body bag by hand through the muddy area.

“We found 12 bodies at the moment, and we are searching for 96 others,” an officer at the emergency centre at the scene of the disaster told AFP, asking not to be identified.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was unclear whether those missing were buried under the landslide or had taken refuge.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” Nugroho added.

Officials said that the ground was still unstable and most rescue work was being carried out manually. Heavy machines were trying to clear mud that had cut access to the location.

There was no phone signal in the area, making coordinating rescuing efforts difficult, they added.

The agency said that 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

The national disaster agency estimates around half the country’s 250 million population lives in areas prone to landslides.

The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the most natural-disaster-prone nations on Earth, and is also frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

BBC

Indonesia landslide: Many missing in Java

Villagers use shovels to remove mud from the main road at Pasuruhan village in Wonosobo December 12, 2014, in this photo taken by Antara Foto

Landslides and flash floods are common in Indonesia

At least eight people have died and more than 100 are missing after a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

Heavy rain caused the landslide near Jemblung village in central Java.

Disaster agency officials said rescue teams had taken almost 40 people to hospital, of whom four were in critical condition.

Hundreds of rescuers, including police and soldiers, have been trying to find survivors.

The country’s national disaster agency said hundreds of houses had been destroyed by the landslide.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, triggered by seasonal downpours.

Many of the inhabitants of the chain of 17,000 islands live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

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“The death toll of the Banjarnegara landslides rose to 8 on Saturday with 100 people still missing, the authorities said.

Heavy rain triggered the landslides on Friday evening in the village of Sampang, sub-district of Karangkobar, regency of Banjarnegara, Central Java province.

“The death toll is rising. Now eight bodies have been found dead and 100 people are still missing,”  National Agency for Disaster Control (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said as quoted by Antara news wire.

Sutopo said a joint team of the BNPB, military and police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and volunteers is still looking for the missing people.

“The terrain is difficult. Heavy equipment is needed to remove the earth and rocks covering the road,” he said.” – .thejakartapost.com

Update

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | 17:11 pm (local time)

“BANJARNEGARA, KOMPAS.com – Rescue team members discovered 18 bodies of victims of landslides that occurred in the hamlet Jemblung RT 05 RW 01, Desa Sampang, District Karangkobar, Banjarnegara, Central Java. Of the 18 bodies that, just nine bodies were identified.

Here are the nine people killed names Tribunnews collected from the scene, Saturday (12/13/2014).
1. Joko Adi P (18), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar.
2. Sukirno (20), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
3. Misman (25), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW, 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
4. Bahrun (70), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
5. Speech, Grogol village, RT 05, RW 01, District Pejawaran
6. Hadi (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
7. Hendi (9) Hamlet Genting RT 04 RW 03 Grogol Village District of Pajawaran
8. Klimah (33), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
9. Sunarti (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar

The nine bodies have been identified in part Banjarnegara taken to hospitals, some of them are taken home relatives. Meanwhile, nine other bodies are still in the process of identification in Post SAR team.

Based on information from the Village Head Sampang, the number of people buried by landslides about 100 people.”

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