HEAVY RAIN CAUSES LANDSLIDE IN INDONESIA, KILLING 11 MINERS

JAKARTA: Intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Indonesia’s Sumatra island that killed 11 miners, authorities said on Thursday (Oct 22).

The landslide occurred on Wednesday in a mine tunnel about 20m deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati.

Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the area could see light to moderate rainfall for the next three days.

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