Rain-triggered landslide buries at least 27 in Indonesia's Java

Indonesian soldiers and rescue team members walk through the mud during a landslide in Central Java in 2016

Indonesian soldiers and rescue team members walk through the mud during a landslide in Central Java in 2016

Search and rescue teams were looking for missing people but heavy rain yesterday afternoon forced them to stop, the national disaster agency spokesman said.

Four excavators were being used in the search Sunday under cloudy skies.

Rescuers search for victims in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Earlier, the Disaster Mitigation Agency had evacuated people from at-risk areas after concerns that mudslides would occur following the heavy rains.

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The landslide hit Banaran village in Ponorogo district, East Java on Saturday morning, damaging up to 30 houses.

Soldiers, policemen and personnel from the local disaster office were taking part in the rescue operations, according to the disaster agency.

He said that 27 people were still missing, while local army chief Lieutenant Colonel Slamet Sarijanto claimed that at least 38 people were buried in the debris. Access to the site was hampering the effort.

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, which is comprised of a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.

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