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Sumatra Landslides Kills Nine

December 9, 1999

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Landslides covered 16 buildings in western Sumatra, killing at least nine people and leaving as many as 46 others missing Thursday, witnesses said.

Nineteen families lived in the buildings now covered in mud and earth, said Muslim Noor, a resident of Seberang Palinggam village, 625 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Rescuers digging for survivors found three people alive, and nine bodies buried in the mud up to 35 feet deep.

``It is the most terrifying thing I’ve seen,″ Noor said.

Eight hours after the landslide, authorities managed to get an excavator to the site.

Noor said hundreds of police and residents were working together to dig out survivors.

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