At least 10 die in landslides

2013-02-17 19:02


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Jakarta - Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain in northern Indonesia have killed at least 10 people and sent hundreds fleeing for safe ground.

Disaster official Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said mud and rocks cascaded down hills in seven sub-districts of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province on Sunday, while more than 1 000 houses were flooded after downpours caused a river to burst its banks.

He said nine bodies were pulled from the water, mud and wreckage of crumpled homes.

About 1 200 people fled to temporary shelters.

Rescuers were still searching for those who might be buried beneath mud and rocks.

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




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