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At least 14 lifeless, two lacking as landslides hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island

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At least 19 individuals have been discovered lifeless and two extra are lacking after a landslide in central Indonesia, native authorities mentioned on Sunday.

The lifeless and two survivors have been evacuated from two landslide-hit villages in Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi province on Saturday night, mentioned native catastrophe company head Sulaiman Malia.

“There have been 19 fatalities, with 4 deaths in South Makale and 15 others in Makale villages,” Mr. Malia advised AFP on Sunday.

“Currently, we are still searching for other victims,” he mentioned, including that there are nonetheless two people reported lacking, presumably buried beneath the landslide particles.

Tana Toraja and its surrounding areas have been “continuously hit by heavy rainfall, especially over the past week, with hardly any stop”, Mr. Malia added.

The heavy rainfall eroded the soil of residential areas situated on mountain slopes, resulting in landslides that buried residents’ houses, he mentioned.

Indonesia is vulnerable to landslides through the wet season and the issue has been aggravated in some locations by deforestation, with extended torrential rain inflicting flooding in some areas of the archipelago nation.

Last month flash floods and landslides on Sumatra island killed not less than 30 individuals with scores nonetheless lacking.

A landslide and flooding swept away dozens of homes and destroyed a lodge close to Lake Toba on Sumatra in December, killing not less than two individuals.

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