The Jakarta Post
An official with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said the death toll from the recent Banjarnegara landslide has risen to eight, with another 100 missing. He said the figure was far from final as the rescue operation was still ongoing.
The rescue team comprises officials from the BNPB, the local police, military personnel and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).
'The situation on the ground is still challenging. We need more tractors and backhoes to handle the situation,' BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
He said BNPB head Syamsul Maarif had reported the incident to President Joko Widodo and in the meantime the entire search and rescue operation was being led by the Banjarnegara regent with the assistance of the BNPB and its regional branches.(dic)
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