Eleven people were killed and dozens were missing after torrential rains and landslides battered one of Indonesia’s outermost islands on Monday, the country’s disaster agency said.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Abdul Muhari said on Kompas TV that, according to the latest information from local officials on the Riau Islands, “11 body bags had been filled” and “50 people are estimated missing”.
Pictures provided by the agency showed mud and debris from the landslides had flattened and fully covered the houses that were near the edge of a cliff on Serasan island, between Borneo and mainland Malaysia.
Riau Islands Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Junainah added that the communication network in the affected area was cut off, making it hard to get the latest information.
“The weather is unpredictable. The wind is strong and the waves are currently high,” said the official, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Muhari added that access to the far-flung island would also be hard for rescue officials.