Landslide in Indonesia's East Java Village Buries 38, Many Feared Dead

  • Landslide due to heavy rain in Indonesia’s Java island has left a dozen people missing.  

    Rescuers fear the worst as they search for victims in Banaran village in Ponorogo, East Java.

    A spokesman of Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said that 30 houses have been damaged due to the landslide.

    Lt. Col. Slamet Sarijanto, local army chief, has said that 38 people are believed to be buried by the landslide.

    Locals have reportedly said that 16 farmers were buried while harvesting ginger and 22 people were buried while still in their house.

    Unstable terrain and weather conditions are halting rescue operations and are expected to be resumed tomorrow.

    Reports say that the deadly landslide was half a mile or 800 meters long and 66 feet or 20 meters high.