February 22, 2018 / 9:05 AM / 4 months ago

Indonesia landslide on Java island kills 5, over a dozen missing

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A landslide on Indonesia’s heavily populated island of Java on Thursday killed at least five people and left more than 15 people missing, an official at the country’s disaster agency said.

A villager stands near damaged houses after a landslide hit Pasir Panjang village in Brebes, Indonesia, February 23, 2018. Antara Foto/Oky Lukmansyah/ via REUTERS

The landslide, which struck a village in central Java, also injured 14 people, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency said in a statement.

Rescuers not yet been able to use heavy equipment to remove earth where victims might be trapped, officials said.

“Our team hasn’t arrived yet. A lot of roads have been cut off because of the landslide,” Noer Isrodin, an official from the country’s National Search and Rescue Agency, told Metro TV.

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The official said that two excavators were trying to reach the location.

Some of the injured were being treated in a community health centre, while a woman with broken bones was being treated in a regional hospital, said a local mayor.

Indonesia suffers regular landslides, particularly during the monsoon season, sometimes exacerbated by forest clearance.

Reporting by Jessica Damiana; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Kim Coghill

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