TEHRAN, April 3, YJC - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi extended condolences with survivors of landslides in Indonesia and Colombia which claimed lives of hundreds of people in the two countries.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -
Indonesian rescuers, joined by police and soldiers, found one body and continued to look for 28 other people feared to be buried after a landslide triggered by heavy rain on Indonesia's Java island, a spokesman for the national disaster agency said.
The mud and debris from Saturday's landslide in a village in the Ponorogo area of East Java had engulfed more than 20 houses after sliding 800 meters (875 yards) down a hillside, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
Some of the victims were believed to include a group harvesting a crop of ginger in fields around the village, he said.
Seventeen people had been injured and were being treated at a community health center.
Rescue efforts were hampered by people flocking to the area to see the landslide and causing traffic jams, he said earlier.
Landslide also claimed lives of 250 people in Colombia.
Families and rescuers searched desperately on Sunday through mud-plastered rubble for victims of flooding and landslides in Colombia that have killed 254 people, injured hundreds and devastated entire neighborhoods.
Several rivers burst their banks near the southwestern city of Mocoa in the early hours of Saturday, sending water, mud and debris crashing down streets and into houses as people slept.
Volunteers and firefighters tended to 82 bodies downstream in the town of Villagarzon and said many corpses were still caught in debris.
"We had to recover them ourselves. We think we'll find more," Villagarzon Mayor Jhon Ever Calderon told Reuters. He said the town had no coffins or sanitary storage.
Many families in Mocoa stayed up through the night to search through the debris, despite the lack of electricity in the city.