Jakarta: Four people were killed and 30
others were missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide on
the Indonesian island of Nias on Thursday, officials said.
The landslide slammed into a village in Majo Kampung
Barije district on the island in North Sumatra province,
disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Confirming the dead and missing in a text message, he
said that 37 houses were buried under the mud.
"Heavy rains the past three days had caused the hill to
crumble. We are now still trying to pull out trapped victims
from the landslide," district disaster management agency
official Robertna Mendeva said.
"It`s difficult as it is still raining very heavily now."
Landslides usually triggered by heavy rain are a major
killer in Indonesia, which is currently being lashed by
monsoon downpours and widespread flooding.
Twenty-five miners were killed in a landslide on Sulawesi
island in October 2008.