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Seven killed in Magelang landslide MAGELANG - At least seven people from the villages of Tanjungsari and Pasangsari, district Magelang, Central Java, were killed in a landslide Sunday. This was reported by the village head of Tanjungsari. Four others were wounded and three were still missing. Rescue workers have already evacuated the dead and wounded, and they were still looking for the three missing persons.

According to the mayor the landslide occurred around ten in the morning when around 500 residents were working to dig a trench at the location. Magelang police spokesman Bambang Budi said he had mobilized some 40 staff to the location to help with the evacuation process. "We are still searching for the three missing victims," Bambang said, adding that rescue efforts were hampered by a large layer of earth up to 20 meters thick.

A landslide earlier this month in Cadasari Pandeglang, West Java, killed two persons and injured 13 others while four were missing. This landslide was caused by heavy rains. In Aceh, heavy rains triggered landslides in some locations, but elsewhere in Sumatra landslides occurred as well in the last few months. Indonesia is currently in the wet season, which arrived late this year due to El-Nino caused droughts.



Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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