Landslide kills 17 people, 100 missing

100 people have been reported missing after torrential rains caused a mudslide which swept away about 105 houses in Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district of Central Java province on Friday, December 12.

A landslide in Indonesia has destroyed a village and left about 17 people dead, officials have said.

100 people have also been reported missing after torrential rains caused a mudslide which swept away about 105 houses in Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district of Central Java province on Friday, December 12.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency stated that rescuers had recovered 8 bodies with more being pulled out from underneath the mud.

Hundreds of people have also been evacuated from the area while the injured residents have been taken to hospitals to receive treatment.

The search for survivors is also still on as hundreds of people are said to be digging through the rubble with their bare hands, shovels and hoes.

Landslides are a regular occurrence in Indonesia especially during the rainy season when heavy downpours and floods are common.

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