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Mudslide buries two in West Bandung

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Mon, March 5, 2018   /   09:23 pm
Mudslide buries two in West Bandung Digging deep: Rescue officials search for a missing woman who was by buried by a mudslide that hit Kampung Bonjot, Sindangkerta, West Bandung regency, West Java, on Monday. (Courtesy of the West Bandung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)/File)

Two people were buried by a mudslide in Kampung Bonjot, Sindangkerta, West Bandung regency, West Java, on Monday.

The two were identified as Puja, 14, and his mother, Damah, 40, a local official said.

West Java National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) spokesman Joshua Banjarnahor said a joint team comprising personnel from Basarnas, the West Bandung Disaster Mitigation Agency, the Indonesian Military and related local authorities managed to recover Puja’s body at around 11 a.m.

The team had to halt the search at 4:30 p.m. because of heavy rain, he said.

Joshua added that the terrain, where the mudslide occurred, was still unstable and this could pose a risk to personnel who are searching for the second victim. “We will continue our operation tomorrow.”

The team said heavy rains in West Bandung since Sunday evening had caused the mudslide, which occurred at 6 a.m. on Monday.

The mudslide also engulfed four houses in Kampung Bonjot. (ebf)

Buried: The mudslide engulfed four houses in Kampung Bonjot.Buried: The mudslide engulfed four houses in Kampung Bonjot. (Courtesy of the West Bandung Disaster Mitigation Agency/File)