At least 34 victims are allegedly still buried by a landslide that hit Sirnaresmi Village in Sukabumi District of West Java, according to the joint search and rescue (SAR) team.

"Evacuation of the landslide victims in Sukabumi is being conducted by the joint SAR team comprising the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Indonesian military and police, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), and volunteers," a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) noted in a statement in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.

Preliminary data of the emergency response post in Sirnaresmi Village showed that the landslide on Monday had buried 30 houses in the area.

The landslide has killed at least nine villagers and injured four others, while 34 people are still missing. Sixty people had sought refuge.

The authority failed to deploy heavy equipment to search the victims due to difficulty in accessing the location.

Sutopo said more landslides still occur in the area but of lower intensity. (ANTARA)


The South Lampung Disaster Mitigation Office confirmed that the emergency response to deal with the impacts of volcanic tsunami that hit South Lampung District on Dec 22 had been extended until January 5, 2018.

The emergency response was extended for a week, starting December 30, 2018, I Ketut Sukerta, head of the South Lampung disaster mitigation office, noted in South Lampung, Monday.

The extended rescue efforts focused on search for more victims, as at least eight people were reportedly still missing, he remarked.

The local authorities have provided food, beverages, temporary shelters, and clothes to the victims.

Moreover, building permanent shelters for displaced victims, whose homes were destroyed by the tsunami, is also being considered.

The death toll reached 118 people in South Lampung District, and at least eight others remained missing.

A total of 3,130 people were injured and treated at local hospitals. Of the total, 366 were seriously wounded, while one of them died on Sunday.

Meanwhile, death toll from the Sunda Strait tsunami that hit the provinces of Banten and Lampung on Dec 22, reached 430, according to data on December 26, 2018. At least 1,495 people were injured, 159 people went missing, and 21,991 others displaced.

The tsunami occurred after a southern flank measuring 64 hectares of Mount Anak Krakatau slid into the ocean in the evening of December 22, 2018.

Some 20 minutes after the flank collapse, a wall of water roared ashore, sweeping up everything in its path, including boats, tables, and people, along the coastal regions facing Sunda Strait.

Five districts in Banten Province on Java Island and Lampung Province on Sumatra Island were affected by the volcanic tsunami.

Anak Krakatau, situated between the islands of Java and Sumatra, has been undergoing a stuttering eruption since June 18, and an alert level 2 status has been declared for it. (ANTARA)


The search and rescue team has found difficulties to deploy heavy equipment to evacuate victims of the landslide in Sukabumi district in West Java due to rain and the hard access to the location, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"It was raining in the location. The road was too steep and stony, and under this rain it would be difficult for the team to evacuate the victims," Sutopo said in a statement in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Sutopo said, the electricity and communication network in the area were shut down.

"Communication with our team in the field were made via handy talkie," he said.

He confirmed that the landslide in Cimapag Village of Sukabumi on Monday has claimed two lives, 41 others went missing, three injured and 61 people are in evacuation camp.

The rescue team continued to search the victims. As of 2.30 a.m. on Tuesday the agency has recorded 32 families or 107 people were affected by the landslide.

The Regional Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Sukabumi has sent a tram to the site.

"For now, we have recorded 30 houses were buried by the landslide," Sutopo said. (ANTARA)


Two Dead, 41 Missing in Sukabumi Landslide

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A landslide killed at least two people, seriously injured four and caused 41 others missing in Cimapag village, Sukabumi District, West Java Province, on Monday afternoon.

Some 60 people survived in the landslide that buried 30 houses in the village, Marwan Hamami, district head of Sukabumi said here, Tuesday.

Four survivors were rushed to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for their serious injuries.

A joint team comprising local officers, military and police personnel, continued to search for survivors despite bad weather that hampered the rescue operations. (ANTARA)

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