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Half of Indonesians live in areas at risk of landslides, says official

Published on Mar 28, 2013 12:56 PM
 
A general view shows people (right) looking over land after landslide hit the Muka Payung village in Cililin, Bandung on March 25, 2013. More than half of Indonesia's population live in areas at risk of landslides, an official said on Thursday, with traditional farming methods blamed for the widespread vulnerability.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - More than half of Indonesia's population live in areas at risk of landslides, an official said on Thursday, with traditional farming methods blamed for the widespread vulnerability.

Some 124 million Indonesians out of a population of around 240 million live in "moderate- to high-risk landslide areas," National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) official Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, citing a study.

"Population growth and greater volume of rain as a result of climate change have increased the potential for landslides, but the most dominant factor is land degradation from farming activities," Mr Nugroho told AFP.

Twelve people were killed and five are still missing after torrential seasonal rain triggered a landslide in western Java on Monday.

 
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