11 people lost their lives in landslides in Indonesia, 19 are missing


At least 11 people have been killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Indonesia. Besides, 19 more people are still missing. A landslide occurred near an illegal mine on the island of Sulawesi, a local official said on Monday. This information was given in a report of AFP.

The mineral-rich Southeast Asian country has many unlicensed mines. Abandoned sites have become a center of attraction for local people in search of various minerals there. They try to collect various minerals without proper safety equipment.

A landslide occurred in a remote village in Bon Bolango district of Gorontalo province late on Saturday night after heavy rains. At least 11 people were killed and several others are still missing.

The head of the local search and rescue agency Herianto said that the bodies of 8 people have already been recovered from the scene. Five people somehow survived the accident but were injured. Several are in serious condition. The bodies of three of the victims have not yet been recovered. Besides, 19 people are still missing.

Herianto also said that several bridges in the area have collapsed. Because of that the rescue work has become very difficult. At least 180 personnel have been deployed in the rescue operation so far. Among them are several police officers and army personnel.

Landslides are common in Indonesia during the rainy season, especially from November to April. But even though July is supposed to be dry weather, this time heavy rains have disrupted public life there.

Earlier last May, at least 15 people were killed in landslides and floods in South Sulawesi province. At that time, many houses were washed away and roads were damaged.

TTN