At least 13 killed in Indonesia landslide
Tonnes of mud and debris from the slide destroyed 64 houses and two churches on Sangihe Island in North Sulawesi province.Updated: Jan 12, 2007 14:56 IST
At least 13 people were killed and 21 remained missing following a landslide early Friday on a remote island in northeastern Indonesia, an official said.
Tonnes of mud and debris from the slide destroyed 64 houses and two churches on Sangihe Island in North Sulawesi province, around 280 km north of Manado.
"It was triggered by heavy rains. The landslide happened between 2 and 3 am," said Christian Tilla, chief of the provincial health department.
"We are now sending aid and body bags by sea because there are no flights due to bad weather," Tilla said.
It was the second deadly landslide this week in Indonesia and third in less than a month.
On Monday, 13 people were killed after heavy rains triggered a slide in West Sumatra province.