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Thursday 17 April 2014

Nine killed in Indonesia landslide

A man inspects the site where a landslide killed scores of people in Brastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia (AP)

At least nine people have been killed in a landslide triggered by torrential rain near a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, says several houses were buried when mud gushed down surrounding hills late on Saturday in Gundaling village. It is located about seven miles east of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province.

He said the bodies of a mother and her two-year-old son were retrieved from a mound of mud late on Saturday.

Six victims were found early on Sunday followed by the body of a ten-year-old boy drifting in a river.

Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or fertile flood plains.

AP

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