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. “
At least two people were killed and 16 more still missing after a landslide hit the village of Ngetos in Nganjuk regency, East Java at 6.30pm last night. Rescuers are scrambling to search for those missing but struggled to bring heavy equipment into the remote village.📷: BNPB pic.twitter.com/M8QpxH0U9f
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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.