World Landslide kills 9, missing 10 after heavy rains

Landslide kills 9, missing 10 after heavy rains


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648x415 secours activent tenter retrouver personnes disparues apres glissement terrain survenu 15 fevrier 2021 ile java indonesie

Help is working to try to find people missing after a landslide on February 15, 2021 on the island of Java (Indonesia). – Trisnadi / AP / SIPA

A landslide has left at least nine dead and ten missing in the east of the island of Java (Indonesia), emergency services announced on Monday. Two people were found alive in the mudslide and nine lifeless bodies were recovered.

Ten people are still missing. “We cannot bring heavy equipment to the landslide site at this time,” the East Java Rescue Service said. “But we are trying to move forward. “

A problem aggravated by deforestation

The landslide, which occurred in a rural area, severely damaged eight houses. Several hundred residents had already had to flee the region due to flooding caused by torrential rains. Pasuruan, a town in the region, was inundated by a flooding river, forcing some 350 people to seek refuge.

Landslides and flash floods are common in the Indonesian archipelago, especially during the rainy season. But deforestation favors these disasters, according to conservationists. In January, at least 21 people died in severe flooding on the island of Borneo. Some 60,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.



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