The landslide hit 23 houses as well as farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside. (AP: Firdaus)
Rescuers have searched for more than two dozen people missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia’s main island of Java.
One body was found before the search was suspended due to rain.
The landslide hit some 23 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside in Banaran village in East Java province’s Ponorogo district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Mr Nugroho said the discovery of one dead victim left at least 26 villagers missing.
The landslide, measuring 800 metres long and 20 metres high, overturned vehicles, shattered and buried buildings, and left a massive scar on a hillside where lush vegetation had been torn away.
The local army chief, Lt Col Slamet Sarijanto, said that according to the villagers, 38 people were buried by the landslide — 22 in their houses and 16 while harvesting ginger.
Mr Nugroho said 17 people were injured and being treated at a hospital.
“The search was halted and will be resumed tomorrow because the weather conditions and unstable terrain could lead to more landslides,” he said.
Disaster agency rescuers, soldiers, police officers and volunteers took part in the search for the missing, however difficulties in accessing the disaster site hampered rescue efforts.
Seasonal rains cause frequent floods in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation, where many of the country’s 256 million people live in mountainous areas or fertile, flood-prone plains near rivers.