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Wall collapses killing eight in Indonesia

world Updated: Dec 05, 2011 09:00 IST

Eight people were killed on Sunday after a high wall collapsed on a residential estate in Indonesia's Sulawesi island, police said.

"Eight bodies were pulled out from the rubble. Eight other people were injured and sent to hospital," provincial police official Abdul Rahman told reporters.

He was however unable to say how many people were missing after the seven-metre-high concrete wall collapsed on several houses in an estate in South Sulawesi's provincial capital of Makassar, burying people underneath.

The cause of the incident was unclear, but resident Daeng Tojen said "it had been raining heavily since yesterday".

Indonesia is setting a blistering pace of growth, expected to top six percent this year, but investors complain infrastructure is hopelessly inadequate and that the nation is mired in corruption and red tape.

In November, 21 people were killed after a 720-metre-long bridge -- built to resemble San Francisco's Golden Gate -- collapsed over the Mahakam river in East Kalimantan province.

Landslides usually triggered by heavy rain are a major killer in Indonesia, which is currently being lashed by monsoon downpours and widespread flooding.