Death Toll In Indonesian Landslides Reach 31

Jakarta:  The death toll due to the landslides in Indonesia’s West Java province has risen to 31, the National Search and Rescue Agency said on Sunday.

Currently, the search and rescue (SAR) team is still looking for nine others who are still missing in Cihanjuang village, Sumedang district, reports Xinhua news.

“The search is constrained by rains and the SAR team needs to be aware of subsequent landslides,” the agency said.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, there are still several cracks in the location and subsequent landslides could occur at any time.

In addition, 1,020 people were displaced to avoid subsequent landslides.

The first landslide occurred on January 9 due to heavy rainfall and unstable soil conditions.

Sumedang has the potential of landslides in a medium to high category, with 26 sub-districts covering 60,872 hectares of areas at risk.

(IANS)