Indonesia called off deadly landslide search in Indonesia,presumed death toll to 18

Vastavam web: The search for six people still missing after a deadly landslide in Indonesia has been called off, officials said today, bringing the presumed death toll to 18.An avalanche of mud and rock cascaded down a steep slope in central Java last week, burying victims as they worked their rice fields.Twelve people are confirmed to have died while another six remain missing, officials said, adding that another 18 survived the disaster.

“The search operation is officially closed, but if there are further developments then we will return,” said Zulhawary Agustianto, a spokesman for Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency.Flooding triggered by the deluge also killed three people in the nearby district of Losari, authorities said.Rescue agency spokesman Agustianto said heavy rain and small landslides had made the search dangerous.