(INDONESIA) JUST IN: At least 10 people are dead after torrential rains triggered a landslide on main island of Java, with rescuers digging desperately with their bare hands and farm tools to locate nine missing people, including four children #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.15: Dozens of soldiers, police and volunteers took part in the search in the village of Selopuro in East Java’s Nganjuk district, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said on Monday:

‘At least 10 dead, nine missing after landslide buries Indonesian village under tonnes of mud that slid down from surrounding hills late Sunday struck at least eight houses, injuring 14 people and leaving 21 people buried under tonnes of mud, with at least two were rescued according to officials’

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A person with their back to the camera stands amid the rubble of a house.
At least eight houses in the East Javan village of Selopuro were hit by the landslide.(AP: Trisnadi)

Rescuers on Monday found bodies buried under as much as 6 metres of mud and were searching for the nine people still missing, Nganjuk district chief Novi Rahman Hidayat said. Heavy equipment arrived later to help in the search.

An earthmover and several people work on a hillside of disturbed earth.
Heavy machinery was brought in to help with the search on Monday.(AP: Trisnadi)

Overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks in other districts of the province on Monday, sending nearly 1 metre of muddy water into some residential areas and forcing hundreds of people to flee from their submerged homes, Mr Jati said.

Severe flooding has been reported in many provinces in the vast archipelago nation over the past few days.

Two landslides hit a village in Indonesia’s West Java province last month, killing 40 people:

Seasonal downpours cause frequent landslides and floods each year in Indonesia.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Feb.15: 2021:

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