Heavy rain has caused landslides in Indonesia, killing 11 people and injuring another 18. That was confirmed this morning by the country’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
The landslides in Cihanjuang village in West Java, about 150 km southeast of the capital Jakarta, took place on Saturday at 4 p.m. (9 a.m. GMT) and 7.30 p.m. local time.
BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement: “The first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions.
“The subsequent landslide occurred while officials were evacuating victims in the first landslide area.”
The death toll is tentative as of Sunday morning, he said, adding that potential rain and thunderstorms later in the day could hinder rescue efforts.
President Joko Widodo warned Indonesia in October that heavy rainfall on the La Nina weather system could trigger floods and landslides and affect the country’s agricultural production.
A La Nina pattern is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.
Indonesia frequently suffers from flooding and landslides, particularly during the November to March rainy season, a situation that is often made worse by forest deforestation.