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Death toll in Indonesia landslides rises to 40, rescue operation closed

  • Published at 11:50 pm January 19th, 2021
Rescuers search for survivors after two landslides killed at least 11 people, including a six-year-old boy, with scores more missing
File photo of Rescuers search for survivors after two landslides killed at least 11 people, including a six-year-old boy, with scores more missing in Sumedang, West Java province on January 10, 2021 AFP

At least 25 others were injured and 1,119 people were displaced by the landslides

Two more bodies were found under the landslides at Cihanjuang village in Sumedang district of West Java province, Indonesia, bringing the total death toll to 40, according to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Office in West Java's city of Bandung on Tuesday.

The two bodies, a boys and a girl, were found on Monday night, the office's head Deden Ridwansah said.

With the latest recoveries, all the victims have been found and the SAR operation in the Cihanjuang landslides was closed.

The SAR team recorded 65 victims, including 25 injured.

The landslides damaged dozens of houses and displaced 1,119 people.

The first landslide occurred on at 4:00pm local time on January 9, caused by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions. A subsequent landslide occurred on the same day at 7:30pm local time, when the SAR team was recovering victims.

Sumedang is a district vulnerable to landslides in the medium to high category. It has 26 sub-districts covering 60,872 hectares.

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