Landslide leaves nine dead and dozens missing – weeks after tsunami

New Year’s Eve landslide in Indonesia claims the lives of nine people and leaves dozens missing – just weeks after deadly tsunami

  • Nine people are dead and dozens missing after a landslide in Java, Indonesia 
  • Mud buried 30 house as it barreled down Sukabumi in West Java’s hills 
  • The landslide occurred on New Year’s Eve just weeks after a deadly tsunami 

Nine people are dead and dozens more remain missing after a landslide on the Indonesian island of Java. 

Tonnes of mud is said to have buried 30 house as it barreled down Sukabumi in West Java’s surrounding hills late on New Year’s Eve.

Sixty people who were displaced have fled to a temporary shelter, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. 

Nine people are dead and dozens more remain missing after a landslide on the Indonesian island of Java

Tonnes of mud is said to have buried 30 house as it barreled down Sukabumi in West Java’s surrounding hills late on New Year’s Eve

Hundreds of police, soldiers and residents were forced to dig through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes as heavy rain hindered their efforts

More than 500 rescuers have retrieved eight bodies from mounds of mud and pulled out four injured people, including an infant who died in the hospital. 

A further 34 villagers are said to remain missing. 


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Torrential rains sent mud and rocks crashing onto the hilly hamlets and left it near-impossible to bring tractors and other heavy equipment over washed-out roads.

Hundreds of police, soldiers and residents were forced to dig through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes as heavy rain hindered their efforts.  

More than 500 rescuers have retrieved eight bodies from mounds of mud and pulled out four injured people, including an infant who died in the hospital (pictured)

Torrential rains (pictured) sent mud and rocks crashing onto the hilly hamlets and left it near-impossible to bring tractors and other heavy equipment over washed-out roads 

Compounding the landslide’s effects was the country’s terrain which sees millions live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains near rivers 

‘Lack of equipment, bad weather and blackout hampered our rescue efforts for those who are still missing and feared dead,’ Nugroho said.

Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia. 

Compounding the landslide’s effects was the country’s terrain which sees millions live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains near rivers.

The latest landslide occurred during New Year’s Eve celebrations less than two weeks after a deadly volcano and tsunami disaster.

Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia 

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