1st LD: Landslides kill 8 people in western Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed as landslides buried 34 houses in Indonesia's West Java province, a senior official in the western province said on Monday night.

Head of community police officer in Bogor district Agus Priyo who coordinated with disaster officials in Sukabumi district over the rescue efforts said the houses were fully buried by sliding soil in Sinaresmi village.

"All the houses are totally buried by the soil and the real casualties have not been fully confirmed as the assessment of number of the victims temporarily terminated as night fell," he told Xinhua over phone.

Priyo said electricity and telecommunication in the village were cut off. Poor road and heavy downpour also hampered the rescue efforts.

Heavy rains were blamed for the disaster which hit at 17:00 p.m. Jakarta time, according to the officer.

"So far, a total of six corpses of the eight killed villagers have been pulled out from the debris," Priyo said.

The officer said the risk assessment of the landslides, particularly the number of death toll, injured persons and missing villagers, will be resumed on Tuesday.

Indonesia has been frequently stricken by landslides and flash floods during heavy rains. Enditem

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