Publication Date March 7, 2023 | Climate Nexus Hot News

Indonesian Landslides Leave 15 Dead

Fallen homes and rescue efforts underway in Indonesia.
The remoteness of the village where the landslide struck in the Natuna region of Riau province, combined with poor weather and downed communication lines complicated rescue efforts. Handout / BNPB/AFP

Landslides set off by torrential rain killed at least 15 people in Indonesia on Monday. At least another 50 people are still missing on remote Serasan island, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Another 1,216 residents have been, at least temporarily, displaced by the landslides following six days of heavy rains and the remote location, in addition to the continued bad weather, are impeding rescue efforts. Climate change, mainly caused by the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels, is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme precipitation events by warming the atmosphere and thus enabling it to hold (and then dump) more moisture.

(AFPAl JazeeraAPReutersDeutsche Welle

(Climate Signals background: Extreme precipitation increase)

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