Landslides claim 11 lives, leave 8 missing in Sumedang, West Java

Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) – Torrential rain has caused landslides that claimed 11 lives, and rendered eight others missing in Cihanjuang Village, Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java Province, on late Saturday.

“There were 22 victims buried by landslide materials in Cihanjuang Village, consisting of three survivors, 11 dead, and eight others missing,” Deden Ridwansyah, Head of the Bandung Search and Rescue Office (SAR), said here on Sunday.

The first landslide triggered by downpour, occurred on Saturday at around 3:30 p.m. and it was followed by another landslide at around 7 p.m. local time.

Apart from local residents, the victims of the second landslide included members of the search team comprising military officers and Search and Rescue Office (Basarnas) personnel.

The number of fatalities might increase as the search team continued to look for more bodies under the landslide mud.

Source: Antara News