malaymail.com 30 Apr, 2021 11:15 am

Indonesia landslide kills three, more missing

Indonesia landslide kills three, more missing
MEDAN, April 30 — Two children are among three people confirmed killed by a landslide at a Chinese-backed power plant on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, authorities said today, with fears that the toll would rise. Heavy rains pounded the area in North Sumatra yesterday evening, triggering the...

Heavy rains pounded the area in North Sumatra yesterday evening, triggering the deadly torrent.The employees were checking on the area over concerns that heavy rains could trigger landslides when disaster struck, according to Firman Taufick, spokesman for plant operator PT North Sumatera Hydro Energy.“This morning we found three dead victims — one adult and two children,” said Toto Mulyono, head of the search-and-rescue agency in provincial capital Medan city.Indonesia’s disaster agency has estimated that 125 million Indonesians — nearly half of the country’s population — live in areas at risk of landslides.

” Among them are three staff working at the Batang Toru hydropower facility, including one Chinese national, feared buried beneath a mountain of mud and debris.Another Chinese employee narrowly escaped as he fled the scene, Taufick added.

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