Indonesia's landslide, quake tolls rise

17:03, November 10, 2009      

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The number of fatalities at Sunday's landslides in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province rose to 13 with four others still missing, head of crisis center of Health Ministry Rustam Pakaya said on Tuesday.

The landslides, triggered by flash flood, wounded 13 villagers, destroyed 23 houses, Pakaya said.

The landslides forced 848 residents to flee their homes in some areas, he said.

"Thirteen people have been dead and four others have gone missing. There has been one person evacuated alive by rescuers," he told Xinhua over phone.

Rescue team from Makasar, capital of the province, along with soldiers, police and villagers, are struggling with their hands to find the missing people in the debris, a rescuer at the province Suhardi Samad said.

"The rescue is only done in manual way, with bare hand, as the equipment could not be brought to the village as the road has been cut after the flash flood," he told Xinhua over phone from the province.

Metro TV footage showed that the rescuers struggling to find the four people in the debris of houses which have been flattened and buried by a huge amount of soil and mud.

Separately in West Nusa Tenggara, the number of fatality of the Monday morning earthquake rose to two after a person died hours after the quake, said Pakaya.

The number of injured from the 6.7 magnitude quake climbed to 178 people, six of them suffered from serious injury.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by landslide, flood and quake due to lack of forest covered areas and the position of the country on the vulnerable quake-hit zone.

Wet season always occurs from October to April.

Source: Xinhua
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