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Nine die in Indonesia landslide
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At least nine people have been killed in landslides on the Indonesian island of Java, officials say.

Several other people are also missing after the slides, which were triggered by heavy rain.

In the worst incident, the side of a hill collapsed on Sunday after heavy rain in the Magelang district, burying a group of people working nearby.

Landslides are a common occurrence in Indonesia during the monsoon season, which is at its peak in February.

Years of deforestation have contributed to the problem, leaving little vegetation to keep the mud in place.

In January at least 16 people died in on the remote Indonesian island of Sangihe when more than 60 homes were either swept way or buried in mud.




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