Landslide Kills Nine in Indonesia
GAMBIR, Indonesia (AP) _ A landslide triggered by heavy rain flattened a small village in Indonesia’s Kalimantan province, killing nine people and leaving one missing, police and witnesses said Saturday.
Seven houses were destroyed in the landslide late Friday in Gambir village, about 25 miles north of the city of Pontianak.
At least two of the nine victims were young children, police Brig. Gen. Iwan Pandjiwanta told reporters at the scene.
Rescuers dug through the debris on Saturday in search of one villager who was still missing.
Heavy rain has fallen over the village, located on the western half of Borneo island, 420 miles north of Jakarta, since early Friday morning.
Flooding and landslides have killed at least 45 people on several Indonesian islands since the rainy season began in late November. Many of the disasters have been blamed on deforestation, which increases erosion.