Rescue Workers Find More Landslide Victims in Natuna

Rescue workers found more bodies buried under tons of mud in a landslide that hit a village in a hilly area on remote Natuna Island, bringing the death toll to 21, officials said Thursday (9/3).

The landslide, triggered by torrential rains, buried the surrounding hills on Monday, burying 30 houses in Genting village.

Authorities said heavy rains were slowing rescue workers’ search for the 33 people apparently trapped in the houses buried in the landslide.

The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said eight other people had been brought out alive with injuries, three of whom were in critical condition.

One person later died on the way to the hospital.

Authorities said Monday’s landslides forced about 1,300 people to flee to four temporary shelters. [uh/ab]

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