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Deadly landslide hits Bandung district, hundreds affected

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-23

A huge landslide buried a part of a tea plantation in Indonesia's Bandung district early on Tuesday after heavy rains. Five people were killed and more than 70 are still missing.

AFP - Five people were killed and more than 70 remain missing after a landslide buried part of a tea plantation in Indonesia on Tuesday, an official told local radio.
  
The landslide struck around 8:00 am (0100 GMT) after heavy rains in Bandung district south of the capital Jakarta, he said.
  
"Five people have been found dead and 72 are missing, 47 in the field, 15 in the office and 10 at the factory," Bandung health ministry official Ahmad Kustiadi told ElShinta radio station.
  
Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono said he had no information on the number of people killed and estimated there were about 40 missing.
  
"It had been raining very heavily since yesterday and that probably caused the landslide," he told AFP.
  
"We believe the landslide area could be the size of two football fields. The tea processing plant and 50 houses were also buried.
  
He said roads to the area had been cut.
  
"We're facing problems trying to reach them," he added.
  
Landslides usually triggered by heavy rain are a major killer in Indonesia, which is currently being lashed by monsoonal downpours and widespread flooding.
  
Twenty five miners were killed in a landslide on Sulawesi island in October, 2008. In July, 2007 more than 130 people were killed in floods and landslides on the same island.

Date created : 2010-02-23

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