The victims or deceased name is not mentioned in the provided text. : “Flash Flood and Landslide in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island Leaves 11 Missing”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Rescuers in Medan, Indonesia, are working tirelessly to recover the bodies of victims buried under tons of mud and rocks following flash floods and a landslide that struck a hilly village on Sumatra island. As of Sunday, 11 people were still missing, and the search efforts continue.

The disaster occurred late Friday when torrential rain triggered a massive landslide, causing mud, rocks, and trees to cascade down from a mountain. The force of the landslide caused a nearby river to overflow, tearing through villages situated on the mountainside near Lake Toba in North Sumatra province.

Rescue workers have been using excavators, search dogs, and even their bare hands to sift through the rubble in the worst-hit village, desperately searching for survivors and victims, according to Sariman Sitorus, spokesperson for the local Search and Rescue Agency. Additionally, divers equipped with sonar detection have been deployed to search for possible victims who may have been swept into Lake Toba.

Late on Saturday, rescuers discovered a mud-covered body on the lakeside, approximately 500 meters from the severely damaged Senior Bakara Hotel. The victim was identified as an employee of the hotel.

The National Disaster Management Agency reported that the landslide and flash floods have caused significant damage to at least 35 houses, a church, a school, and a hotel in the village of Simangulampe. Approximately 55 families have been forced to evacuate to a temporary government shelter.

Indonesia experiences frequent flooding and landslides during the rainy season from October to March. With its vast number of islands, many people live in mountainous areas or near flood-prone plains, making them vulnerable to such natural disasters.

Lake Toba, spanning 1,145 square kilometers, is a popular tourist destination on Sumatra island. The government aims to develop it as one of Indonesia’s top ten natural attractions to attract international visitors. However, the recent disaster highlights the importance of ensuring proper safety measures are in place to protect both locals and tourists in these picturesque areas prone to natural calamities.

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