Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia

Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia

A large landslide caused by heavy rains hit Ngetos village of Nganjuk Regency in East Java, Indonesia on February 14, 2021, leaving at least 2 people dead and 16 others missing.

According to BNPB, the landslide took place at 18:30 LT (11:30 UTC), severely damaging as many as 8 homes.

Initially, 21 residents were reportedly affected by the slide. Of these, 2 were found dead and 3 others injured.

Search and rescue operations are in progress for 16 people who remain missing as of February 15.

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BNPB said rescuers had to use makeshift tools to search for missing people as heavy machinery has not been able to reach the location due to the narrow path to the location.

In addition, flooding was reported in Pasuruan Regency on the same day after heavy rain caused the overflow of the Kedunglarangan River in Bangli District, and the Rejoso River in Winongan and Grati districts. Some 300 homes were damaged, officials said.

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