17 killed, 91 missing in Indonesia landslides

Indonesian soldiers and rescue team members walk through the mud after a landslide hit the village of Sampang in Banjarnegara, December 13, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. The landslide destroyed a village in Indonesia, killing at least 11 people, an official said on Saturday, as rescuers used their bare hands to search through the rain and mud for 108 missing people. REUTERS/Idhad Zakaria/Antara Foto (INDONESIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA   | Photo Credit: ANTARA FOTO

Rescuers have found 17 bodies and suspended searching for the 91 missing people a day after Friday’s landslides buried dozens of houses in Indonesia’s Java island.

A heavy downpour was to be blamed for the disaster which occurred Friday evening in Banjanegara district, Xinhua reported.

The disaster also left 11 people seriously injured and four others suffering from minor wounds, an official said.

“The rescue operation is halted as the heavy rain might trigger a repeat of the landslide,” he said.

The landslides also blocked roads, creating difficulties for sending heavy machinery equipment to the scene, the official added.

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