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14 people buried alive in Indonesia landslide

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 13:56 IST

Landslides triggered by heavy downpour buried at least 14 people alive and injured over 20 on Indonesia's Java island, officials said on Monday.

At least eight people were killed in the Central Java district of Magelang, where rescue workers resumed their search at daybreak on Monday for two villagers who were missing and feared dead under tonnes of mud.

The search operations were hampered by continuing heavy rains and lack of equipment.

Residents and survivors told The Jakarta Post that the disaster occurred Sunday morning when about 500 villagers were building an irrigation system on the slope of a hill in the Windusari sub-district.

The hill suddenly split, sending dozens of people 150 metres down into a ravine, they said.

"The disaster occurred very fast, rolling many people down the ravine, burying and injuring many of them," Widodo, a witness was quoted as saying.

By Monday morning, eight bodies were recovered while at least 20 people were hospitalised with injuries, officials said.

In the West Java district of Sukabumi, rescue workers also resumed their search Monday for the bodies of four sand miners who were buried on Saturday in a landslide and feared dead, the state-run Antara News agency reported.

This was the latest in a series of rain-triggered disasters in Indonesia in recent weeks.

Days of torrential rains triggered rivers in Jakarta and two neighbouring provinces to overflow their banks, inundating tens of thousands of homes up to their rooftops, displacing more than 400,000 residents and claiming the lives of over 90 people.

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