Three People Dead due to Landslides at Indonesia’s China-Funded Batang Toru Hydroelectric Dam

At least three people, including two children, were killed after landslides occurred near a construction site of the controversial Chinese-backed Batang Toru hydroelectric dam on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, emergency responders and authorities said on Friday.

According to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, heavy rains have been pouring down the area in North Sumatra on Thursday evening, causing the ground to become soft which later on led to the deadly torrent.

In a statement, the agency said that it is still enforcing an emergency rescue operation due to concerns that more individuals are still missing because of the disaster.

It also fears that the death count of the disaster might still increase.

“This morning we found three dead victims – one adult and two children,” Toto Mulyono, leader of the search-and-rescue agency in provincial capital Medan city, said in a statement. “We’re still searching for nine more missing.”

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