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At least 12 killed, 18 injured as two large landslides hit Java, Indonesia

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At least 12 people have been killed and 18 others injured after two landslides caused by heavy rain hit West Java Province, Indonesia on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The death toll is preliminary as of Sunday morning, January 10.

The landslides took place in West Java's Cihanjuang village, about 150 km (95 miles) southeast of capital Jakarta at 16:00 LT (09:00 UTC) and 19:30 LT (12:30 UTC). 

The second landslide was much bigger than the first one and it caused more fatalities than the first one.

Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said, the first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions.

"The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were still evacuating victims around the first landslide area," Jati said.

Among the casualties were the head of a local disaster relief agency and army captain who were helping rescue survivors of the first landslide that hit on Saturday afternoon, January 9.

The slides destroyed a bridge and cut off several roads.

Featured image credit: BNPB

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