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Landslides in Indonesia kill 40
At least 40 people have been killed and scores more are missing in landslides on the Indonesian island of Flores, officials have said.

Dozens of homes were washed away in East Nusa Tenggara province and the road to the region's main town, Ruteng, has been cut off.

Rescuers are trying to dig out victims but are being hampered by bad weather.

Indonesia is in the middle of its rainy season, which each year sparks dozens of landslides.

Emergency supplies

Officials say at least 20 bodies have been pulled from mud after a hill collapsed in Cibal with scores still reported missing.

Local disaster management official, Yos Nono, said torrential rain had struck six hilly districts in the province.

Rescuers have been unable to move in heavy machinery because of the blocked roads.

"An evacuation team is digging to search for the victims, but we are facing problems because of bad weather and heavy rain," Mr Nono said.

The government is distributing emergency food supplies to those made homeless.

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