20 dead, 88 missing in central Indonesia mudslide – TVNZ

Published: 3:13PM Sunday December 14, 2014 Source: AP

Heavy rains in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 20 villagers and left 88 others missing under piles of mud, officials said.

Residents of Jemblung village in Central Java province’s Banjarnegara district said they heard a roaring sound followed by the rain of red soil that buried more than 100 houses late Friday.

“The landslide looked like it was spinning down. I managed to rescue a pregnant woman, but could not save the other man,” said Subroto, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

He said one side of the hill collapsed and then another. “In five minutes, there were three (major landslides) and they swept away everything,” he said.

The landslide was the second in several days on densely populated Java island. Mud and rocks hit Central Java’s Wonosobo district on Thursday, killing at least one villager.

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