17 Dead 2 Missing In Java Landslide

In Asia, Floods & Storms, News Headlines

A landslide and flash floods triggered by heavy rain killed 17 people and inundated four villages on Indonesia’s Java island, a disaster management agency spokesman said on Saturday.

The incident happened late Friday in Garut district, West Java province, after hours of heavy rain.

“Seventeen people were killed, two are still missing and four were seriously injured,” the official said.

The rain led to a landslide which blocked the Cikaso river, causing flash flooding.

Rescuers were looking for the two missing people.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, which is prone to frequent bursts of heavy rain.

At least 148 people were killed after flash floods smashed through Teluk Wondama district in Papua late last year.

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