At least 11 dead and 18 injured as torrential rain causes series of fatal landslides
The ruins of a house that collapsed due to the landslide in Cihanjuang Village (Image: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
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Heavy rain has caused landslides in Indonesia, leaving 11 people dead and a further 18 people injured, it has been confirmed by the country's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) this morning.
The landslides at Cihanjuang Village in West Java, about 150km (95 miles) southeast of the capital Jakarta took place at 4pm (9am GMT) and 7.30 pm local time on Saturday.
BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement: "The first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions.
A man walks past an ambulance that was hit by a landslide in Cihanjuang Village
(Image: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
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"The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were still evacuating victims around the first landslide area."
The death toll was preliminary as of Sunday morning, he said, adding that potential rain and thunderstorms through the day may hamper rescue efforts.
A rescuer with a sniffer dog searches for survivors after two landslides killed at least 11 people
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
An ambulance is being lifted after it was buried in a landslide in Sumedang
(Image: via REUTERS)
President Joko Widodo in October warned Indonesia that heavy rains from the La Nina weather system could trigger flooding and landslides, and affect the nation's agricultural output.
A La Nina pattern is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia frequently suffers floods and landslides, particularly during the rainy season from November to March, a situation often worsened by the cutting down of forests.