Landslide Buries Hundreds of Residents of East Flores, NTT

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  • Officers see the location of the landslide that hit Sawaran Kulon Village, Kedungjajang District, Lumajang Regency, Sunday, February 28, 2021. Credit: ANTARA / HO-Diskominfo Lumajang

    Officers see the location of the landslide that hit Sawaran Kulon Village, Kedungjajang District, Lumajang Regency, Sunday, February 28, 2021. Credit: ANTARA / HO-Diskominfo Lumajang

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaA landslide hit Nele Lamadike Village, Ile Boleng Sub-district, East Flores District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, and buried hundreds of local residents, in recent hours, Sunday.

    "Chief of Nele Lamadike Village Pius Pedang told me that hundreds of people are missing in the landslide disaster," East Flores Deputy District Head Agustinus Payong Boli told Antara on a phone call.

    The landslide was triggered by incessant heavy rain and strong wind occurring in the village, he added.

    "Hundreds of people are reportedly buried by landslide and until now they have not been found," he said, adding that Pius Pedang told him about the buried victims in a phone conversation.

    The NTT authorities coordinated search and rescue operations with related agencies in the disaster location. They also arranged a deployment of heavy equipment, he added.

    "We will immediately deploy heavy equipment to the field to look for the victims," Boli said.

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    ANTARA