Bodies uncovered in Indonesia landslide, 30 missing

Indonesian soldiers and villagers search for landslide victims in Karang Anyar district, Central Java in 2007. Five people have died in Wednesday's landslide. [Reuters]
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Indonesian soldiers and villagers search for landslide victims in Karang Anyar district, Central Java in 2007. Five people have died in Wednesday's landslide. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 15:43:00 +1100

An Indonesian official has said a landslide on the country's island, Nias has killed five people, with 30 still missing from the disaster.

Rescuers are struggling to enter the village in the district of Majo Kampung Barije after heavy rains triggered the landslide on Wednesday, burying at least 37 houses.

"Rescuers, including the military and police, are having difficulty reaching the village, as the bridge linking the village collapsed. The water currents are very strong and it's still raining," local disaster management agency official, Robertna Mendeva told AFP.

Nias island was hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 300 people and caused serious damage to infrastructure, displacing around 10,000 people from their homes.

It was hit again in 2005 by an earthquake in which over 1,500 people died.

A landslide and flash floods in May, triggered by heavy rain, killed 17 people and inundated four villages on Indonesia's Java island.

Landslides are common in Indonesia during the wet season, especially in heavily deforested mountainous areas.

At least 148 people were killed when flash floods smashed through Teluk Wondama district in West Papua province late last year.

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