Heavy rain Triggers landslide in Indonesia, killing 11 miners

Military personnel inspect the site of a landslide at a coal mine in Muara Enim, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Intense rains caused a landslide at the mine that killed a number of miners, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Intense rains caused a landslide in a coal mine on Indonesia’s Sumatra island which killed 11 miners, police said Thursday.

The slide occurred Wednesday at a mine tunnel about 20 meters (65 ft ) deep in Tanjung Lalang village at Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province, based on National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati.

Rescuers have recovered all of the bodies.

Seasonal rains and high tides in recent times have generated lots of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, a series of 17,000 islands in which huge numbers of individuals reside in mountainous regions or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency said the region could see mild to medium rainfall for another 3 days.

Most areas of Indonesia have entered the rainy season this past October.