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One dead, 12 missing in Indonesian landslide

Published on Jan 23, 2014 1:09 PM
 
In this handout photograph released on Thursday, Jan 23, 2014, residents salvage belongings from their houses destroyed by a landslide at a village in Kudus district in Central Java province.  A woman has been killed and 12 other people are missing after torrential rains triggered a landslide that buried sleeping villagers on Indonesia's main Java island, an official said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP / SUARA MERDEK

JAKARTA (AFP) - A woman has been killed and 12 other people are missing after torrential rains triggered a landslide that buried sleeping villagers on Indonesia's main Java island, an official said on Thursday.

Rescuers were digging by hand through mounds of earth in Kudus district, central Java, to reach six houses buried by the landslide as the area was too remote to be reached by heavy machinery.

"The victims were sleeping when the landslide struck," said local disaster agency official Junaidi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

He said rescuers had so far found the body of a woman after Tuesday's landslide and had also rescued one man alive but 12 people were still missing.

 
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