Indonesia landslide kills five, buries 60

Flooded streets in Dayeuh Kolot, Bandung West Java, after the landslide and heavy rains yesterday. (REUTERS)

Police yesterday said that five tea plantation workers have been killed and at least another 60 remain buried by a landslide on Indonesia's main island on Java.

Police Chief Lt Col Imron Yunus said the landslide occurred at a tea plantation in mountains in the Ciwidey district after days of heavy rain. Yunus said the mudslide buried at least 50 houses near the Perkebunan Teh Dewata tea plantation.

Indonesian Red Cross Secretary-General Budi Atmaji Adiputro said some 500 villagers, who had lost homes, had been evacuated to temporary shelters in neighbouring villages.

He said there have been no reports of injuries but the Red Cross will send a helicopter and excavating equipment to the scene today.

 

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