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17 dead, nearly 100 missing in Indonesian landslide: official

A rescue team remove victims bodies of a landslide triggered by torrential downpours at Jemblung village in Banjarnegara, Central Java province Saturday. AFP PHOTO / HIMAWAN

A rescue team remove victims bodies of a landslide triggered by torrential downpours at Jemblung village in Banjarnegara, Central Java province Saturday. AFP PHOTO / HIMAWAN

Torrential downpours triggered a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 17 people and leaving nearly 100 others missing, with persistent rain hampering rescue efforts, officials said Saturday.

Hundreds of rescuers were digging with shovels through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, the national disaster agency said.

The landslide swept down a hillside in the village, sparing only two houses, an AFP correspondent said.

“The rescue team have found 17 bodies,” the national disaster agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told AFP, adding that 11 others were badly injured and rescuers were searching for 91 people still missing.

The disaster agency said that 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing.

Heavy excavation equipment was also imported into the area to speed up the rescue work, which had to be halted on Saturday afternoon as fresh downpours sparked fears of more landslides.

Eyewitnesses said they heard a “thundering sound” as the ground shook when the landslide came crashing down and buried the tiny village.

“I ran carrying my daughter to higher ground, and I was crying because I could hear people calling out for help from below,” Bini, who like many Indonesians goes by one name said. Her husband and 14-year-old son are still missing.

“It took just five minutes before soil and trees suddenly covered the village,” another survivor, Harno, said.

Rescue efforts have been slow because the ground was still unstable. Thousands of curios bystanders have also caused traffic jams, hampering operations.

Bad phone signal in the area have made coordinating rescuing efforts difficult, officials added.

The search and rescue agency said that the operation would only resume once the rain stopped.

If the downpours persist, the search would resume early Sunday, it added.

“We pray to God that we can still find survivors,” the head of central Java search and rescue agency, Agus Haryono, told AFP.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

The national disaster agency estimates around half the country’s 250 million population lives in areas prone to landslides.

The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the most natural-disaster-prone nations on Earth, and is also frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The people of Thailand will commemorate H.M. the King’s 87th Birthday Anniversary on 5 December, 2014, with nationwide celebrations highlighting the progress of the country under the benevolent reign of the world’s longest reigning monarch. The theme for all of this year’s events is “Love Father” (HM the King). Thai people wear yellow shirt. Most of the activities will take place between 30 November – 6 December, 2014, in the vicinity of Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Various other activities will be held all over the country, primarily in the area of official administrative head offices of each province. All the major events, such as the official salute on 5 December, will also be broadcast live on nationwide TV.

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The King’s Birthday, Father’s Day, National Day
King Bhumipol Adulyadej was born on December 5, and this day is now celebrated as Father’s Day across Thailand. Thai people may give a dok Buddha ruksa (also known as a canna flower) to their fathers and grandfathers on this day. Many people also wear yellow, which is the king’s color. This day is also celebrated as National Day. The reverence in which the people of Thailand hold their king cannot be overestimated.

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Friday, 05 December 2014.
Saturday, 05 December, 2015 (Substitution holiday will likely be Monday, 07 December 2015)

Many Thai people will travel to Hua Hin to celebrate the King’s birthday. Countless more will gather throughout the country to feed monks in the morning.

Note that the Emerald Buddha Temple will be open on December 5-6th, but the Royal Palace will be closed both days, and the Royal Chapel will be closed on the 5th but open on the 6th. See Bureau of the Royal Household for more information (Thai language site). Read more :

http://chiangmaibest.com/kings-birthday/

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