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PostSubject: 4 Die, 11 Missing in Lombok Landslide   Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:09 am

4 Die, 11 Missing in Lombok Landslide

A landslide caused by heavy rains on the island of Lombok on Saturday night has claimed at least four lives and left 11 people missing, the Ministry of Health’s Crisis Center said. The fatalities are the latest in a spate of weather-related disasters to hit Indonesia.

Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Crisis Center, said that five people had been dug out of the landslide at Batu Montor, Buwun Mas village, about seven hours by land from Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara Province.

The area, he said, is used for illegal gold mining. “We are still searching for the missing people,” Rustam said. “We don’t have any information yet on who these victims are. We don’t know if they are miners or not.”

Two of the survivors were badly injured and had been transported to the hospital with broken bones. The remaining three survivors were treated at the hospital and discharged.

Rustam said a search team had been deployed on Sunday to recover the bodies, but poor road conditions blocked the group’s attempts to get heavy machinery to the site.

“A rescue team will manually search for the missing people,” he said.

Heavy rains leading to floods and landslides have brought misery and suffering to many parts of the country.

It has been reported that flooding claimed 24 lives over the last week, but the Crisis Center said on Sunday that the total number of victims was 17. That number could rise to 29 with this latest landslide.

Rustam said that people should be alert to poor weather conditions.

The national Meteorology and Geophysics Agency has warned people to be alert for heavy rains in the coming days that could trigger more floods and landslides.
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PostSubject: Re: 4 Die, 11 Missing in Lombok Landslide   Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:37 am

As many as 13 victims of the landslide at the Gunung Batu Mujur gold mine in Sekotong district, West Lombok have been accounted for as of Tuesday, six of them dead and the rest wounded while dozens remain missing.


The rescue post at the Sekotong district office identified the deceased as Yek Cin (48), Taufik (30), Sahri (30), and Ubut (30), who were found dead and evacuated on Jan. 18, and two others, Herman (20) and Muharis (28), who died after receiving treatment at the Mataram General Hospital.


The wounded victims who are currently being treated at the Mataram General Hospital and Gerung Hospital in West Lombok are Haryadi (27), Sahram (27), Zohdi (24), Sukri (32), Amaq Pisah (48), Amaq Uwi (46) and Opik (30), most of whom hail from Sekotong, West Lombok and southwest Praya, Central Lombok.


Sekotong district chief Lalu Guntur Gagarin told reporters on Tuesday the list of victims came from the victim’s families and not from evacuation tallies.


“Some of the victims were brought home by their families after the incident on Saturday night, and they only reported them upon their deaths. They were likely afraid to deal with the authorities because they were aware that what they did was illegal,” said Guntur.


The evacuation team, assisted by an excavator from the local administration, was able to lift a large boulder blocking the mine shaft on Jan. 19, but was only able to find the severed right leg and head of Yek Cin and Sahri.


“Search efforts, such as digging earth and rocks out of the shaft, are now underway, because according to the miners, there are dozens of people still missing,” he said.


Guntur added that dozens were likely still buried based on the presence of a dozen motorcycles, believed to be owned by the missing miners, which were left idle at the mining site.


Military and police units and the local disaster relief task force Tuesday were sent to the site to support the search mission, but they were hampered by rough terrain and bad weather.


Guntur said another setback in the search effort was the lack of camaraderie between the miners, as most continued mining instead of helping to dig out the rest of the pit.


“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen such an operation. They did not help but were instead busy fighting over rocks. They immediately smashed the rocks which they say are filled with a lot of gold,” said Guntur.


Guntur said there were currently around six illegal gold mining locations in Sekotong: Kayu Putih and Mencengah in Pelangan village, and Lendak Bare, Tugu Lawang, Gunung Batu and Pondok Ganjar in Buwun Mas village, which started operations in 2008.

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