JAKARTA, Indonesia – Rescuers on Monday found the bodies of six university students who were among nearly two dozen who went missing in rain-triggered floods and landslides at a waterfall in western Indonesia, an official said.
The disaster occurred Sunday as more than 70 students were visiting the Air Terjun Dua Warna waterfall in North Sumatra province.
Twenty-one students were reported missing after the disaster, said Darwin Surbakti, an official from the local Disaster Management Agency.
The bodies of five men and a woman were found Monday around 3 kilometres (2 miles) downstream from the waterfall, Surbakti said.
About 150 rescuers, including soldiers, policemen and volunteers, were searching for the 15 students still missing.
Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.