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Monday, 22 January, 2001, 14:10 GMT
Indonesian landslides kill dozens
Landslide Java
Landslides killed more than 200 late last year
At least 51 people have died in a number of landslides on remote islands in eastern Indonesia.

The landslides slammed into villages on the Sangir island chain in North Sulawesi late on Saturday after heavy rains burst the walls of a dam.

They were followed by an earthquake on Sunday measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.

Police, who are carrying out the rescue operations, said it was not clear how many people had been injured or left homeless.

Heavy rains


The islands lie 200km north of Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, which is 2,160km north-east of Jakarta.

Provincial spokesman Jeffry Sondakh Sondakh said heavy rains had pounded the islands since 17 January and they were currently evacuating people from the area amid fears of further landslides.

Flooding and landslides coinciding with monsoon rains killed more than 200 people in Indonesia late last year.

Deforestation in the country has also weakened many hillsides, leaving them more prone to collapse during heavy rains.

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