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13 people buried in Indonesia landslide

A four-year-old boy was killed and 12 people buried in a landslide in West Sumatra province that hit several homes and a small mosque.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 13:35 IST

A four-year-old boy was killed and 12 people buried in a landslide in Indonesia's West Sumatra province that hit several homes and a small mosque, media reports said on Tuesday.

The landslide took place on Monday in Sungai Sariak, a village on Sumatra island, following several days of heavy rain, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Rescue workers, joined by residents, pulled out the four-year-old's body on Tuesday morning and were searching for the 12 who were buried under tonnes of mud.

Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

Flash floods and landslides last month killed over 100 people and left dozens missing in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces.