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Dozens missing in Indonesian mudslide

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Indonesian rescuers are finally able to use heavy-lifting equipment to clear roads leading to the site of a landslide that destroyed a village and killed at least 24 people, Reuters have reported.

Dozens are still missing, rescue and government officials have said.

Police, soldiers and volunteers had been using their bare hands and makeshift tools to search for survivors and clear the area in the aftermath of the catastrophe.


Death toll in Indonesia landslide 'at least 18'

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At least 18 people have died and around 90 others are missing after torrential rains set off a mudslide that destroyed a remote village in central Indonesia.

About 105 houses were swept away by the landslide in Jemblung village in Central Java province's Banjarnegara district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Hundreds of rescuers, including soldiers, police and residents, dug through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes, while others used bamboo to carry black body bags containing corpses.

A house, centre, is buried in the mud in a village that was swept away by a landslide Credit: PA Wire

About 420 residents were evacuated to temporary shelters.

Relatives watched in horror as residents and rescuers pulled out mud-caked bodies from the village, while distraught women screamed at a hospital, MetroTV video showed.

Rescuers continue search for landslide survivors

A landslide has killed at least 11 people and destroyed a remote village in Indonesia, Reuters have reported.

According to reports, rescuers used their bare hands to search through the mud and debris for survivors.

Hundreds have been evacuated from around Jemblung village in the Banjarnegara regency of central Java, about 450 km (280 miles) from the capital, Jakarta, where media pictures showed a flood of orange coloured mud and water cascading down a wooded mountainside.

The disaster struck on Friday night and mudslides are common during the rainy monsoon season in the country.

Desperate search to find Indonesia landslide survivors

Eight people, including an eight-year-old boy, have died in a landslide in Indonesia and rescuers are desperately searching for more than 100 people not accounted for.

About 100 houses were swept away in Java. Credit: AP

Hundreds of people, including police, soldiers and residents, were digging through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes.

So far 38 injured villagers have been taken to hospital, where four are said to be in a critical condition.

More than 300 people have been evacuated following the tragedy. Credit: AP

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said mud, rugged terrain and bad weather had hampered rescue efforts and appealed for more heavy equipment to help the search.

Friday's landslide is the second in several days on densely populated Java island.

Rescuers carry an injured villager. Credit: AP

Three dead and 107 missing in Indonesia landslide

Three people are dead and 107 are missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried houses in Indonesia, officials said.

Around 100 properties were swept away in the hilly district of Banjarnegara in Central Java province, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

He added 38 injured villagers had been rushed to a hospital, four of them in critical condition.


Two dead as volcano engulfs Indonesian island

The huge plumes of smoke and ash from Mount Kelud. Credit: Reuters/Sigit Pamungkas

Two people have been killed in the Indonesian island of Java, after a massive volcano erupted last night.

Read: Volcanic eruptions prompts mass evacuation in Indonesia

Mount Kelud began erupting last night, spewing huge amounts of ash and sand 10 miles into the air, and forcing several airports to close. The volcano is 54 south of Indonesia's second biggest city Surabaya, a major industrial centre.

The ash and sand spread 312 miles from the site of the volcano. Credit: Dwi Oblo/Reuters

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said the eruptions had ceased by the ash had spread 312 miles to the west and northwest.

100,000 were forced to flee their homes due to the volcano, two people have been confirmed dead. Credit: Reuters

Mount Kelud is one of 130 active volcanoes in the world's fourth most populous country, which sits along the "Ring of Fire" volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean

Passengers stranded as flights grounded across Java

The ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud has submerged planes and grounded flights. Credit: Reuters

Flights across Java in Indonesia have been grounded and seven airports have been closed after a volcanic eruption yesterday evening.

Seven airports across Indonesia's most densely populated island have been closed, and thousands of passengers remain stranded.

Planes have been grounded across Java, and seven airports have been shut. Credit: Reuters

The only major airports still operating on Java are two in the capital, Jakarta.

Volcanic eruption prompts mass evacuation in Indonesia

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes in Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java following the eruption of Mount Kelud.

The area around Mount Kelud, one of Indonesia's 130 active volcanoes, has been evacuated. Credit: Reuters

The volcanic eruption sent a huge plume of ash and sand 10 miles into the air, officials said. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said:

"Over 100,000 people have been evacuated and about 200,000 people were affected.

"There are some people in the 10-km (6-mile) radius but they are being evacuated now so that area is empty."