12 killed in deadly Indonesian landslide

Twitter post by Posko Pusat of the Tegal Panjang landslide

Twitter post by Posko Pusat of the Tegal Panjang landslide

Jakarta [AFP]

Twelve people have been killed after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Indonesia’s main island of Java.

The landslide in Tegal Panjang village in Sukabumi district in west Java happened late Saturday after a particularly heavy downpour, according to national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

‘We found all 12 bodies,’ he said.

He said heavy rain caused a cliff to suddenly collapse and hit the village, burying 11 houses.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

The national disaster agency estimates about half the country’s 250 million population lives in areas prone to landslides.

The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the most natural disaster-prone nations on earth, and is also frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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