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Ten dead in Indonesia landslide KUNINGAN - Ten people have been killed by a landslide that buried their homes in Indonesia's West Java province, a local official said. The deaths early Friday (local time) in Kuningan regency followed another landslide elsewhere in West Java that killed at least 18 people three days earlier. Authorities recovered the last two of 10 bodies that were buried in the landslide that struck Cantilan village the previous day, Slamet Hermansyah of the Kuningan government information bureau said.
"Four houses were buried," Mr Hermansyah said. He said one person survived but with serious injuries. Fearing further landslides, about 43 families were being moved to a safer location Saturday, he said. Mr Hermansyah said the landslide followed heavy rain that made the soil unstable. Deforestation is blamed for some of the frequent landslides in Java but Hermansyah said he did not consider it a factor in Cantilan, about 20 kilometres south of Kuningan town and some 200 kilometres east of Jakarta.
"The forest in the area is fine," he said. Officials said heavy downpours triggered a landslide on Tuesday night near the town of Garut, south-west of Kuningan. Deforestation might also have been a factor in the incident which killed at least 18 people and injured 74, one official said.



Posted in Weather @ 01 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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