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Two dead in Indonesia landslide
Two people were killed and five more were missing after heavy rainfall triggered a landslide on the Indonesian island of Java, an official said.

The torrent of mud hit houses in Sindangwangi village on Java's north coast late on Tuesday.

Landslides are common during Indonesia's rainy season, a problem many blame on extensive deforestation.

Several thousand people have also been displaced by flooding and high tides in the capital Jakarta this month.

At least three people died and the city was brought to a standstill.

Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry's crisis centre, said rescuers in Sindangwangi had retrieved two bodies from the mud.

They were continuing to search for five other people believed to be beneath the debris.

In late December last year, landslides and flooding left at least 120 people dead or missing in towns and villages across Java.

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