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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 February, 2005, 01:56 GMT
Indonesia slum landslide kills 40
Indonesians cross a flooded street by a traditional one-horse carriage in Bandung, 21 February 2005.
The area around Bandung has suffered heavy rains in recent days
At least 40 people have been killed and scores are said to be missing following a landslide in Indonesia.

Officials said heavy rains had caused a municipal dump to collapse, dislodging tonnes of earth and rubbish which buried dozens of people living nearby.

Other victims are believed to be scavengers, who earn a living sifting through rubbish for anything valuable.

The accident happened in Cimahi, near the West Javan city of Bandung, 180 km (110 miles) south-east of Jakarta.

Army, police and local residents are due to resume their search for survivors at daybreak on Tuesday, having called it off because of poor visibility on Monday evening.

Around 50 people have been pulled alive from the debris, according to a rescue worker interviewed by the BBC.

A police chief quoted by the AFP news agency earlier on Monday said the recovery effort was being hindered because rescuers were wary of triggering further landslides if they disrupted the already unstable ground.

Local village chief Saiful Bagir told Indonesian television that the authorities had promised many times to relocate the rubbish dump.

There are also fears that further rains could cause more upheaval.

More than 10,000 people had been evacuated as flood waters neared their homes to the south of Bandung, local radio said.

Landslides are relatively common in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season.

In April 2004, about 40 people died in a landslide in west Sumatra.




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