Body recovered after Indonesia landslide

One body was found Saturday.

Heavy rains have halted the search for at least two dozen people missing after a landslide swept into a village on Indonesia's main island of Java.

The landslide hit some 23 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on the hillside in Banaran village in East Java province's Ponorogo district.

At least 11 people have been buried so far.

A number of sets of heavy equipment were still on the way to the location, he said.

The disaster management agency was being assisted by soldiers, volunteers and police officers to locate missing individuals.

At around 7.30am local time on Saturday, Mr Nugroho said people heard a "thunderous sound", with the landslide following around 30 minutes later.

People look at a auto damaged and partially buried under a collapsed house after a landslide triggered by heavy rain at Banaran village in Ponorogo, Indonesia East Java province, April 1, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

According to villagers, 38 people were buried by the landslide.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the landslide stretched 1.5 kilometers (a mile) long and up to 20 meters (66 feet) high, and buried houses, overturned vehicles and left a massive scar on a hillside where lush vegetation was torn away.

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