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16 Dead in Indonesian Landslide

December 11, 1999

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Hundreds of people were searching desperately for their loved ones three days after a massive landslide buried parts of a village on Sumatra island, police said Saturday.

The death toll stood at 16 and there was little hope of finding any of the remaining 40 missing people alive.

The village was buried when the top of a hill gave way and came crashing down, destroying part of Seberang Palinggam village, about 625 miles northwest of Jakarta, said Sgt. Edi Surya of the local police. Nineteen families lived in 16 buildings that were destroyed by the earth and mud. Heavy rain has hampered rescue efforts.

``We haven’t given up hope, the search will go on,″ Surya said.

On Friday, rescuers found two people alive after they had been buried for 36 hours.

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