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Published on Jan 27, 2013
 
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Landslides leave 16 dead, 17 missing in western Indonesia

 
 

JAKARTA (AP) - Two separate landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Indonesia have killed at least 16 people, including four geothermal workers, and left 17 others missing, officials said on Sunday.

Disaster official Ade Edward said 20 houses were buried by mud and rocks that fell from surrounding hills at dawn Sunday in Tanjung Sani village in West Sumatra province's Agam district.

Rescuers recovered five bodies and were searching for 17 people who reportedly were buried under the mud, he said.

Three injured villagers were being treated at a hospital.