At least 15 dead after landslide in Indonesia | News

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At least 15 people have died and dozens are feared missing after torrential rains and mudslides hit one of Indonesia's outermost islands bordering the South China Sea, disaster officials said Monday.


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Heavy rains and unstable ground conditions were responsible for the disaster, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Abdul Muhari said.

Images provided by the BNPB showed that mud and debris from landslides had inundated houses near a cliff on the remote island of Serasan. There were pieces of metal torn from roofs and fallen trees.

The remoteness of the village where the landslide occurred in the Natuna region of Riau province, combined with bad weather and downed communication lines, complicated rescue efforts, according to authorities.

Survivors were being evacuated from the Searasan region, while a search and rescue team has been dispatched to the area.

A 60-person search and rescue team left for the disaster-stricken area from Penagi port on Natuna island in the afternoon, BNPB spokesman Abdul Muhari said in a statement late Monday.

Muhari predicted that access to the remote island would be difficult. "Normally it takes five hours by speedboat," he said.

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