This is the shocking moment an avalanche nearly buried motorists on a road in Indonesia.
Video shows the soil tumbling onto a mountain road in Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi Province on Monday November 8. Drivers who could only park their vehicles in the midst of panic as they waited for the collapse to stop.
A driver who witnessed the scene said: ‘The situation was very tense. We were stuck in traffic under a cliff which is very prone to landslides.’
The local police have coordinated with authorities to evacuate motorists and residents near the area. The road was also closed for several hours.
Adjunct Inspector Sabri of the Parigi Moutong Police Traffic Unit appealed to drivers to be more careful since the access road is located under a cliff that is prone to landslides, especially during the rainy season.
The heavy rain has caused severe floods with a number of deaths in other parts of Indonesia.
Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods.