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West Sumatra loses entire hamlets under landslides

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra   /   Sun, October 4 2009   /  11:58 am

Edi Arman waited patiently as rescue workers dug up where their homes used to be. "Everytime they try I wait, hoping the one they dig up would be my relative," he said Saturday in Lubuk Laweh in Patemuan district, Padang Pariaman regency. Three hamlets have gone and 400 people are feared dead as the earthquake that shook West Sumatra on Wednesday produced a landslide that pushed the hamlets of Kapalo Koto, Cumanak and Lubuk Laweh into a river. An area of at least five square kilometers was buried by a huge landslide falling down from the nearby hills. A mosque which had stood 30 meters high disappeared with the hamlets. "I lost 60 relatives in all three hamlets," said Edi, 59, who was born and raised in Lubuk Laweh but moved out several years ago. Edi said only two of his relatives survived the disaster. Locals say hundreds of people were attending a wedding...