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Indonesia Landslide Destroys Village, Kills 32; Scores Missing

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Rescuers recover a body after a landslide in a village in Jombang district triggered by days of rain on Indonesia's main island of Java on January 28, 2014. (Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 05:26 AM

A landslide destroyed a village and killed at least 32 people in Indonesian, with scores still missing while rescuers on Sunday used heavy-lifting equipment to clear roads leading to the site.

Police, soldiers and volunteers had used their bare hands and makeshift tools to search for survivors, while trucks cleared roads leading to the landslide area after the disaster struck on Friday night, according to Reuters.

Hundreds have been evacuated from around Jemblung village in the Banjarnegara district of Central Java, about 280 miles from the capital, Jakarta, where media pictures showed a flood of mud and water cascading down a wooded mountainside.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 32 people had been killed, 76 were missing and 577 people from the surrounding areas had been taken to temporary shelters. There were 2,000 rescuers involved in the operation on Sunday, he said.

Tri Joko Priyono, a coordinator with the National Search and Rescue Agency, who has taken part in rescue operations since Saturday, told Reuters there was now little chance of finding more survivors.

"We will keep searching,” Priyono added. “We will keep trying until all the victims are found. This is not about chances of life. Our mission is to recover all the victims."

Before visiting the landslide site on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said he would assess whether more heavy-lifting equipment was needed.

"Aid is not a problem, what is most important is the speed of the evacuation," Widodo told reporters.

Mudslides are common in Indonesia during the monsoon season, which usually runs from October until April.

Despite a history of similar disasters in the area, there was no heavy equipment specifically set aside for Banjarnegara, Nugroho said. There had been a fatal landslide in 2007 but people still chose to live there, he said.

Before the landslide, Jemblung village contained about 35 houses and one mosque, Nugroho added.

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