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Landslide buries over 2 dozen people in central Indonesia

  • Rescuers inspect the damage in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)

    Rescuers inspect the damage in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescuers search for victims in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)

    Rescuers search for victims in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescuers search for victims in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)

    Rescuers search for victims in a neighborhood hit by a landslide in the village of Banaran, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, April 1, 2017. More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after the rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia's main island of Java. (AP Photo/Firdaus)  (The Associated Press)

More than two dozen people have been reported missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village in Indonesia's main Java island.

The spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the landslide hit up to 30 houses and farmers harvesting ginger Saturday morning under a hillside in Banaran village in Ponorogo district in East Java province.

The latest report from the local mitigation agency said 27 people were buried while a local army chief put the missing at 38 based on reports from villagers.

Disaster agency rescuers, soldiers, police officers and volunteers were searching for the missing, Nugroho said.

Seasonal rains cause frequent floods in Indonesia. Many of the country's 256 million people live in mountainous areas or fertile, flood-prone plains near rivers.