Eight killed in Indonesia landslide

Resuers dig into mud to search for landslide victims in central Java in an earlier disaster. [Reuters]
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Resuers dig into mud to search for landslide victims in central Java in an earlier disaster. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Sat, 26 May 2012 16:39:00 +1000

A landslide in Indonesia has killed eight people after days of rain in a mountainous part of the island of Java.

"The landslide occurred on Thursday night and killed eight people. We were able to retrieve all eight bodies by late Friday night," Bogor region disaster official Makmur Rozak said.

He said 16 people were illegally mining for gold in western Java in the mountains of Bogor district, south of Jakarta.

The landslide struck "after days of heavy rain".

"We rescued the other eight, so everyone is accounted for," Rozak said.

Landslides are common in Indonesia, particularly in heavily deforested mountainous areas.

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