This photo shows the view of the landslide near homes in Sumedang, West Java Province, Indonesia, on Sunday. Reuters
Landslides caused by heavy rain in western Indonesia killed 11 and injured 18, and scores more were missing in the West Java province, authorities said on Sunday.
The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said on Sunday that torrential rains triggered the disaster on Saturday evening in the town of Sumedang, where a second landslide buried residents and a rescue team that had been searching for the initial victims.
The landslides at Cihanjuang Village in West Java, about 150 km (95 miles) southeast of the capital Jakarta, took place at 4pm (0900 GMT) and 7:30pm on Saturday, BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement.
Rescuers search for survivors after two landslides in Sumedang on Sunday. AFP
Bandung rescue agency spokeswoman Seni Wulandari said, "We're still documenting how many are missing after the second landslide because there were many people who joined the original rescue effort," she said.
At least one survivor was seriously injured, while 11 people were confirmed dead, Wulandari said.
President Joko Widodo in October warned Indonesia that heavy rains from the La Nina weather system could trigger flooding and landslides, and affect the nation's agricultural output.
In September last year, at least 11 people were killed in landslides on Borneo island while a few months earlier, landslides in Sulawesi killed dozens.Indonesia's disaster agency has estimated that 125 million Indonesians -- nearly half the country's population -- live in areas at risk of landslides.
Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja turned small communities into wastelands of mud, uprooted trees and sent around 10,000 people fleeing to shelters across the neighbouring Southeast Asian nations.
Sparked by torrential rain, the deluge and subsequent landslides sent thousands fleeing into shelters as dams overflowed and their homes were submerged. Mud and continued extreme weather have made it difficult for rescue workers to reach trapped survivors.
Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centres amid fears of disease.
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