8 killed in Indonesia landslide: minister

13:49, March 12, 2010      

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Indonesian Social Affairs Minister Salim Assegaf Al Jufri said on Friday that eight people had died from a landslide that hit Cianjur, in West Java, on Thursday night, local media reported here.

"The search for people buried alive in the mud is underway at the moment. We also received reports on destroyed houses from the landslide following a flood from torrential rain last night," the minister was quoted by the detik.com as saying on Friday.

The minister also said that 600 people living around the landslide have sought refugee to more safe places.

Another report said that rescue team found nine dead bodies from the mud as of Friday morning.

The minister was concerned about series of natural disasters that frequently occurred in West Java.

Previously, a massive landslide, which followed a torrential rain took place in Bandung regency, killed dozens of people.

Another landslide also occurred in Garut regency, nearby the previous landslide location.

According to the accounts of some witnesses living around the landslide scene, part of a cliff near Kampung Ciawi Tali in Sukamekar village collapsed on Thursday afternoon after a heavy rainfall in the area, hitting nearby residential houses.

Local search agency, police and military personnel have joined the rescue operation as it continues to Friday morning.

Local administration deployed heavy machineries around midnight to help the search.

Source: Xinhua
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