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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Indonesian Landslide News Updates

Five dead, dozens buried in Indonesia landslide.

Five people are dead and more than 30 remain missing after a landslide buried part of a tea plantation in Indonesia, officials say.

The landslide struck about 8:00am (local time) on Tuesday after heavy rains in flood-ravaged Bandung district, south of the capital Jakarta.

"Five bodies have been pulled out. Thirty-five people are still missing. About 35 houses were buried so deep even the rooftops weren't visible," Jakarta search and rescue head Budiawan said.

He says more than 300 search and rescue personnel with heavy equipment rushed to the area near Ciwidey village, about 35 kilometres south-west of Bandung city.

"We'll work through the night to try to rescue as many people as possible," he said.

Bandung health ministry official Ahmad Kustiadi earlier told ElShinta radio station that 72 people were still missing beneath the earth, which crushed an office, processing plant and workers' housing belonging to the plantation.

"Five people have been found dead and 72 are missing, 47 in the field, 15 in the office and 10 at the factory," he said.

But Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono says about 40 people are missing.

"It had been raining very heavily since [Monday] and that probably caused the landslide," he said.

"We believe the landslide area could be the size of two football fields. The tea processing plant and 50 houses were also buried."

Mr Kardono says roads to the area had been cut, hampering efforts to bring in heavy earth-moving equipment.

"We're facing problems trying to reach them," he said.

The plantation was owned by a company called PT Dewata, which could not be reached for comment.

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

Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes by flooding in Bandung and Jakarta over the past fortnight.

Many of the floods and landslides which hit Indonesia every wet season are blamed on rampant illegal logging and unchecked development in water catchment areas.

In October 2008, 25 miners were killed in a landslide on Sulawesi Island. In July 2007 more than 130 people were killed in floods and landslides on the same island.

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