6 dead, 3 missing in Indonesian village landslide

Torrential rains caused a 30-meter-high cliff to slide onto village on the Indonesian island of Java.

6 dead, 3 missing in Indonesian village landslide

World Bulletin / News Desk

Six people died and three others are still missing after a landslide crashed into a village in West Java early on Tuesday morning.

Torrential rains that began Monday night caused a 30-meter high cliff to slide onto Mekarwangi Village on the Indonesian island of Java around 1:30 am, burying five houses, according to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

Sutopo Purwo, the BNPB head of data information and public relations, told the Anadolu Agency that 17 people lived in the houses

"We currently have six people dead, three people buried under the landslide, and seven people survived," he added.

A rescue team combined of BNPB workers, military, police, and community volunteers is combing the area in the search for survivors.

Heavy equipment will be brought in to help with the search.

The community is prone to landslides as it is built on a hillside that has a gradient of around 45 degrees.

The BNPB predicted that the torrential rain will continue in some parts of Indonesia - an influence of El Nino, a temporary change in the climate that can cause increased rainfall across the east-central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

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