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|Rescuers search for survivors after a deadly landslide in Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia last month. (Photo: AFP/VNA)|
Jakarta – At least five people died and about 70 others were reportedly missing following landslides at a gold mine in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on February 24 afternoon.
Days of heavy downpours triggered the landslides in a tunnel of a traditional gold mine located in Buranga village of Parigi Mountong district, head of provincial Disaster Management Agency Datu Pamusu Tombolotutu said on February 25.
Five bodies have been recovered while the agency has received reports from members of families on 70 missing persons, he said, adding that many of them could be buried underground.
Search and rescue of the victims have been undertaken.
Soldiers, policemen, personnel from local search and rescue office and disaster agency along with one excavator and other devices have been deployed to the scene, the official said.