Rising Death Toll in Indonesia Landslide

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BANDUNG, Indonesia - At least six people are known to have perished and more than 60 are believed to be buried inside their homes in a village near the Indonesian city of Bandung.

Local residents dug with their hands and farm tools to recover the bodies of victims buried in the thick mud.

Heavy downpours forced rescue workers to abandon their work overnight, but they resumed their efforts, aided by bulldozers, at daylight.

Some 600 residents have been evacuated as authorities monitor the area for additional mudslides.

"The landslide is very deep," West Java police spokesman Dade Ahmad said. "At this point, the chance of pulling out victims alive is slim."

Rescue workers and police are using dogs to help locate victims.

On Tuesday, at least 72 people were killed when a landslide buried most of a tea plantation in the Bandung district.

During Indonesia's monsoon season, heavy rains often cause landslides, especially on bare hillsides that have been stripped of trees and vegetation.


BBC News contributed to this report.

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