Indonesia: Landslide in Java Province, 15 Dead, 20 Missing

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The death toll in the landslide that hit Indonesia's Java has increased to 38, with one person still missing, government authorities said on Sunday.

Jakarta, January 2: At least 15 persons were killed in the landslide which has hit Indonesia's Java province, authorities said. According to a government official, around 20 persons are still missing in the Monday landslide which hit Sukabumi district, burying more than 30 houses, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

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Rescuers are trying to recover the victims, however, they face a threat of another landslide, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said late on Tuesday. Indonesia Tsunami: Large Wave Crashes Into Pop Concert by Local Band Seventeen, Watch Video!

"Four other small scale landslides occurred. The loose soil texture and unstable earth conditions have endangered the rescuers, particularly when it rains," he said.

Heavy rainfall was blamed for the disaster. Floods and landslides affect Indonesia every year during the rainy season, which lasts from December to February.