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27 missing feared dead in Indonesia landslides

Jakarta, (IINA) - At least 27 people, who were still missing, feared dead in a landslide on Saturday in the regency of Ponorogo, Indonesia, Antara News reported Sunday.

The landslides, triggered by heavy rain, buried a number of houses in the villages of Banaran. "There are still 27 people missing," head of the Ponorogo Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) Sumani said. He added that there were 17 people injured and now being treated at a local health center.

The landslides hit when most of the people were harvesting ginger in the fields and others in their houses, Sumani said.

Rescue teams could not remove the thick rock masses to make evacuation of victims, as heavy equipment was not yet available, he said.

A number of sets of heavy equipment are still on the way to the location, he said.

"Hopefully, the equipment would arrive here tonight and we would be able to evacuate any bodies believed buried under the thick soil," he said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency