As a result of landslides on Java Island 13 people have died

At least 13 inhabitants of the main Indonesian Java Island died two landslides which resulted there, the head of local office of National administration of natural disaster response (BNPB) of Kaprawi declared.

“The pouring rains which began last Tuesday caused a collapse of a slope 40 meters high” in the district Magelang of the province the Central Java, is said in its statement posted on the website BNPB.

“All victims were residents of the area Lebak” — Antara quotes its national news agency.

According to the rescuer, the first landslide claimed the lives of 11 people who were engaged in illegal developments of minerals in the national reserve Halimun-Salak. Two more died in the village of Chikatomas.

In turn, the head of BNPB information center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reported that as a result of two other landslides five more inhabitants of Java died and three were wounded.

“The pouring rains which began last Tuesday caused a collapse of a slope 40 meters high” in the district Magelang of the province the Central Java, is said in its statement posted on the website BNPB.

In Magelang one person fell the disaster victim, but four more died and three were wounded by a landslide in the extreme West of Java — in the provinces Banten.

According to BNPB, the victims of 487 landslides which occurred in the country since the beginning of this year on November 16 became at least 161 residents of Indonesia. 88 more people were wounded, thousands of houses are destroyed, 38092 persons suffered a material loss or were homeless. Meanwhile, for all last year 515 cases of this natural disaster whereas in 2007 — only 104 were registered.

In total in Indonesia 40,9 million people (or 17,2% of all its inhabitants) directly live in conditions of high or average threat of landslides, considers management.

Specialists explain the landslides and floods which are often occurring in Indonesia during a rainy season with active deforestation. In December, 2014 over 100 people died or were missing as a result of a landslide at the town Dzhemblung in the province the Central Java, about 600 people were homeless.

In October, 2010 in the province Western Papua flows of dirt up to three meters high fell upon the city of Wasior and its vicinities, demolishing houses and bridges. Over 160 people became disaster victims, almost as much were missing, nearly 3,5 thousand locals suffered.