Indonesia landslide: Landslide on Indonesia’s Serasan Island, 15 killed, 42 missing

Indonesia Landslide: On Monday (March 6) in Indonesia, a landslide occurred on a remote island. After the landslide incident, about 42 people went missing and about 15 people died. At the same time, rescue operation is going on on Tuesday (March 7) to find the missing people.

The death toll may increase
The reason for the landslide Dozens of houses present at the spot were buried due to which people were trapped inside. The local administration informed that 42 people were trapped in 27 houses buried in the mud. While the official death toll is being told as 10, while the villagers say that the death toll is 15. Since the landslide, more than 1200 people have been shifted to safer places from the spot.

Disaster agency spokesman Abdul Muhri informed that the death toll can change anytime. Out of the 15  who died, 10 bodies have been removed. The government of Indonesia has announced that they will speed up the rescue efforts. However, rescue operations are being hampered by incessant rains, communication line failure and the remoteness of the island. 

Difficulty in distributing relief
Mihari, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said there were difficulties in distributing relief as the injured and displaced were scattered and difficult to reach. Its difficult. Heavy machinery such as excavators have not yet reached the site of the landslide. The disaster agency said rescuers were waiting for additional personnel and machinery to boost their efforts.

The rescue team consisted of soldiers, police and volunteers from Genting and Pangkalan villages. Muhari said two helicopters and a plane carrying tents, food and blankets would be sent from the capital Jakarta to speed up rescue operations and relief aid.

Landslides came last year too
Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia. There is a chain of about 17,000 islands in Indonesia. Millions of people live here in hilly areas or in fertile floodplains near rivers.

In November 2022, at least 335 people were killed in a landslide triggered by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in the city of Cianjur, West Java. About a third of these were children.

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