Twelve dead, 100 missing in Indonesian landslide

A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left 100 missing on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Saturday.

"We are still looking for 100 unaccounted for," agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The landslide buried houses late Friday in Jemblung village, central Java. 

He added: “Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide.”

The lack of phone signal in the area made coordinating rescuing efforts difficult.

A second agency official, who declined to give his name, said that 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing. - AFP