Indonesia Ends Landslide Search Operation As 12 Bodies Recovered

Indonesian authorities have officially terminated its search operation in the landslide hit Sukabumi district in West Java Province on Sunday after the bodies of all of those reported missing were recovered.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of the national disaster management agency, said the operation was terminated because all the 12 bodies of the missing people have been found.

Rescuers recovered the 12 bodies under the debris of the damaged houses following the landslide that struck Sukabumi district Saturday night.

Nugroho said the landslide was triggered by heavy downpour that softened the soil of a hill in Tegal Panjang village at 10;30 p.m. on Saturday, burying 11 houses.

The landslide also covered a road and triggered at least 300 residents to flee their homes.

Indonesian soldiers, policemen and volunteers immediately conducted a search operation following reports that 12 persons were missing and believed to have been buried under the debris of mud and soil.

“All of the 12 bodies have been found,” said Nugroho.

Last December 13, 2014, a landslide caused by heavy rain in Java, Indonesia, killed at least 56 peole.