Landslide kills 9 in Indonesia

2013-12-01 13:15
Villagers inspect the site where a landslide killed scores of people in Brastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (Binsar Bakkara, AP)

Villagers inspect the site where a landslide killed scores of people in Brastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (Binsar Bakkara, AP)

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Karo - A disaster agency official says a landslide triggered by torrential rain near a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia has killed at least nine people.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency says several houses were buried when mud gushed down surrounding hills late Saturday in Gundaling village. It's about 12km  east of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province.

He said the bodies of a mother and her 2-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 10-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.

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