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    Death Toll in Landslides in Java, Indonesia Exceeds 30 - Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll in landslides that hit the western Indonesian island of Java has climbed to 31 people, the newspaper Jakarta Post reported on 7 January, citing officials.

    “A search and rescue team is intensifying its efforts today to find the missing persons”, spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on 6 January, as quoted by the newspaper Jakarta Post.

    Bodies have been recovered from the landslide in the village of Sirnaresmi, three others sustained injuries, while two people are still missing.

    READ MORE: At Least 8 Killed, Dozens Homes Damaged as Landslides Hit Java, Indonesia

    Last week, BNPB reported that there were 15 victims and 20 people missing.

    The landslides hit Java at 5 pm local time (10:00 GMT) on 31 December. According to BNPB, they were caused by heavy rains.

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