Grim search: Rescuers and villagers searching for victims in the mud from a landslide at Ngrimbi village near Jombang, East Java province. — EPA
JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by days of rain buried a village on Indonesia’s main island of Java, leaving at last five people dead and another 14 missing, an official said.
The landslide happened in mountainous Jombang district in eastern Java at 1.30am after a particularly heavy downpour, said local disaster agency official Putra Anugerah.
“We pulled five bodies from the rubble this morning and are still searching for the other 14. Sixty people have also been displaced,” Anugerah said.
Five homes were completely crushed by the landslide and members of the rescue agency, army personnel and community members were helping search for the missing, officials said.
Indonesia has been pounded with rain in recent weeks, the start of the country’s months-long wet season, causing widespread flooding and landslides across the vast archipelago. — AFP