Landslide in Muara Enim, South Sumatra claims 11 lives: BNPB

Landslide in Muara Enim, South Sumatra claims 11 lives: BNPB

Evacuation of 11 bodies of victims killed in a landslide that hit a coal mine site in Muara Enim, South Sumatra, on Oct 21, 2020.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - An official confirmed that 11 died after a landslide hit a 20-feet-deep coal mine tunnel in Tanjung Lalang Village, Muara Enim District, South Sumatra Province, on Wednesday.

"The bodies of the victims were retrieved and identified, with several of them being handed over to their families," Raditya Jati, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, noted in a press release here on Thursday.

The landslide was triggered by high-intensity rains that fell from afternoon until night, coupled with the unstable soil conditions in the village.

The 11 victims were identified as Darwis, 46, a resident of Tanjung Lalang; Hardiyawan, a resident of Tanjung Lalang; Rukasih, a resident of Tanjung Lalang; Sandra, 25, a resident of Mulyadadi, Cipari; Joko, 26, a resident of Penyupas; Purwadi, 60, a resident of Penyupas; Sulfiawan, 30, a resident of Tanjung Lalang; Sumarlin, 35, a resident of South Ogan Komering Ulu Regency; Hupron, a resident of Lampung; Komardani, 48, a resident of Sukaraja; and Labisun, 40, a resident of North Lampung.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast mild to moderate rains to continue to fall in the next three days.

Jati has called for vigilance and preparedness from the people for possible hydrometeorological disasters, including floods, flash floods, landslides, and strong winds.

"Rainy season is being experienced in some parts of Indonesia this October. Furthermore, vigilance should be stepped up on account of the influence of other phenomena that can trigger heavy rainfall," he added. Related news: House Speaker condoles deaths of residents in Tarakan landslides
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