Saturday, October 03, 2009

Three villages

Wiped out by landslides triggered by earthquakes.

An official says landslides triggered by an earthquake in western Indonesia obliterated at least three villages this week.

He says as many as 644 people including a wedding party were buried under mountains of mud and debris.

If all 644 are confirmed dead — as is likely — the death toll from Wednesday's quake would jump to more than 1,300. The government's death toll currently is 715.

Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Health Ministry's crisis center, said Saturday that Pulau Aiya, Lubuk Lawe and Jumena villages were completely wiped out by the landslides.
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