A potentially illegal gold mine collapsed in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, killing at least 18 people. Locals in the area cannot securely estimate how many people were trapped underground and reportedly up to 500 workers were on the site on Saturday, the day of the collapse.
More than 11 years after the Lusi mud volcano first erupted on the Indonesian island of Java, researchers have probably figured out why the mudflows haven't stopped: deep underground, Lusi is connected to a nearby volcanic system.
Following days of heavy rains, massive landslides in Indonesia caused many casualties and burried entire villages under mud and rubble. Many people are still reported as missing while more rain is expected in the next days, keeping local authorities and rescue crews under alert.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 17% of Indonesia's population, this being translated to nearly 41 million people, live in areas susceptible to landslides. With landslide mitigation efforts still being minimal, people in the specific areas have faces medium to high risk of landslides during the latest rainy season.