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Twelve people die in Indonesian landslide

The workers were collecting sand in a digging area in Cipatat district when an avalanche of gravel came down on them.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 12:14 IST
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A landslide in an unauthorised sand-digging location killed 12 workers and injured two others in Indonesia's West Java province, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The workers were collecting sand in a digging area in Cipatat district that had been shut down by local authorities when an avalanche of gravel came down on them on Tuesday.

"Twelve dead victims have been identified from the incident. Officers are still investigating whether it was an accident or a crime of negligence," Bambang Kuncoko, a spokesman at the national police headquarters, told reporters.

A local official in Cipatat said the diggers lived nearby.

"The site has been closed by the local government, but residents still try to dig to pay debts or make ends meet. Many are jobless here," Hermanto told Reuters by phone from Cipatat, located near the West Java capital of Bandung.

He added the diggers' lack of safety knowledge might have caused the incident, which occurred when the weather was clear.