Banjarnegara landslides claim six lives

Banjarnegara, C Java (ANTARA News) - Landslides claimed six lives in two areas in Gumelem Kulon Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java Provinces, on Saturday.

"They were victims of landslides on Saturday. (The landslides) hit two separate locations. Three (bodies were found) in Grumbul Wanarata and three others in Grumbul Gunung Duwur in Gumelem Kulon Village," Catur Subandrio, head of the Banjarnegara disaster mitigation office, said here, Sunday.

The victims in Grumbul Gunung Duwur are Tariwen (52), Riatin Fauzi (10), and Fina Sritanti (10). They were evacuated on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. local time.

In Grumbul Wanarata, the dead victims are Ahmad Hidayatulloh (40), Sudarno Dasimin (45), and Ahmad Bahrudin (40). They were evacuated on Saturday at 9:23 pm. local time.

Three residents of Grumbul Wanarata were injured in the disaster.

In the meantime, a landslide buried six residents of Duku Phkumbang, Sampang Village, Sempor, Kebumen District, Central Java Province, on Saturday evening.

The landslide also destroyed six houses, Sempor Sub-District Head Joko Ganjar Supramono said in Kebumen, Sunday.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has instructed its regional branch offices (BPBD) to stay vigilant in anticipation of possible floods and landslides following signs of climate change impact.(*)