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Indonesia landslides kill 11, injure 18 in West Java

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Landslides attributable to heavy rain in western Indonesia killed 11 and injured 18, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) mentioned on Sunday.
The landslides at Cihanjuang Village in West Java, about 150 km (95 miles) southeast of the capital Jakarta befell at 4 p.m. (0900 GMT) and seven:30 p.m. on Saturday, BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati mentioned in an announcement.
“The first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions. The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were still evacuating victims around the first landslide area,” Raditya added.
The demise toll was preliminary as of Sunday morning, he mentioned, including that potential rain and thunderstorms via the day might hamper rescue efforts.
President Joko Widodo in October warned Indonesia that heavy rains from the La Nina climate system may set off flooding and landslides, and have an effect on the nation’s agricultural output.
A La Nina sample is characterised by unusually chilly temperatures within the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia often suffers floods and landslides, significantly through the wet season from November to March, a state of affairs typically worsened by the chopping down of forests.