Landslides in Indonesia kill at least 11

Two landslides triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia have left at least 11 dead and 18 injured, officials say.

The second landslide in Cihanjuang village in the Sumedang district of West Java province occurred as rescuers were still evacuating people following the first disaster on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati said.

Rescuers were among the victims, he said on Sunday.

The rain stopped on Saturday night. A bridge and roads were blocked by the landslides as authorities struggled to bring in heavy equipment to clear the debris.

Seasonal rains and high tide in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia.

The chain of 17,000 islands is home to millions of people who live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.

It comes a day after Sriwijaya Air jet carrying 62 people crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta in heavy rain.

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