Rescuers trying to find dozens of gold miners buried in landslides at the foot of Mount Pongkor in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of BNPB)

Five Gold Miners Killed by Landslide in Bogor, Dozens Still Missing

MAY 14, 2019

Jakarta. Torrential rains triggered a landslide that has buried at least 20 traditional gold miners in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, announced on Monday.

The disaster occurred early on Saturday morning at a traditional gold mining site near Mount Pongkor in Bantar Karet, a village in Bogor, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said in a statement.

“There is no exact data on the number of miners [buried in the landslide], but survivors said there might be around 20 people,” Sutopo said.

Rescuers have already found five unidentified bodies and three survivors – Uus (35) from Bantar Karet, Dede (30) and Dika (24) from Cisarua.

"Evacuating the victims has been hard because the terrain where the landslide happens is very tough. It’s at the foot of a mountain,” Sutopo said.

The search and rescue team has only been able to dig by hand to try to find the victims. They will resume their operations on Tuesday.