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At least five killed as Indonesian mudslide strikes again

Indonesia's Nias Island is no stranger to natural disasters, with several in recent years attributed to environmental abuse. This breaking story brings news of another fatal mudslide. (Picture taken during 2005 Nias Island mudslide.)

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  • December 1, 2011
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RESCUERS on Indonesia's Nias island are struggling to reach a village hit by a landslide that left at least five dead and 30 missing, an official said.

Three days of heavy rains triggered the landslide in the district of Majo Kampung Barije yesterday, burying at least 37 houses in a 115-family village.

"Up until now, five people have been pulled out from the mud by locals, and 30 people from the village are still missing,'' local disaster management agency official Robertna Mendeva told AFP.

"Rescuers, including the military and police, are having difficulty reaching the village, as the bridge linking (to) the village collapsed. The water currents are very strong and it's still raining," he said.

The five bodies were recovered by locals from a neighbouring village, Mendeva said.?Nias, a popular island for surf tourism, sits about 120 kilometres - or a 10-hour ferry ride - off the western coast of Sumatra.

Full Story: Five dead, 30 missing in landslide on Nias Island Indonesia

Source: Herald Sun/AFP 
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