Bandung Landslide Death Toll Rises to 15
Rescuers used heavy digging equipment Wednesday to clear a muddy landslide in West Java as the number of bodies recovered climbed to 15.
Days of heavy rain prompted the landslide Tuesday afternoon at a mountainous tea plantation near the village of Tenjoljaya, destroying scores of homes.
Scores of soldiers and police officers plus two excavators bolstered search efforts Wednesday and 15 bodies had been recovered from a vast pile of clay by the afternoon, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono said. Dozens more are believed to be still buried, and authorities have said there is little hope of finding survivors in the deep mud.
Kardono said another 15 people had been injured, two of whom had been sent to hospitals.
The winding mountain roads made boggy by the days of heavy rain were hampering efforts to get equipment and rescuers to the scene, he said, adding that more landslides were possible.
Some 600 villagers from the region have been evacuated to temporary shelters in safer locations, Kardono said. Most of these were from unaffected nearby villages that were in landslide-prone areas.