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Landslide kills two in West Sumatra

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Mon, April 6, 2020   /   11:21 am
Landslide kills two in West Sumatra Policemen and personnel of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recover the bodies of an elderly woman and her adult son who perished on Sunday in a landslide in Guguak Malalo, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra. (Photo courtesy of Tanah Datar Regency/File)

A heavy downpour caused a landslide on Sunday in Guguak Malalo, a collection of villages in Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra, claiming two lives and destroying homes.

The fatal victims have been identified as a 75-year-old woman, Bainar, and her 45-year-old son. Ijun, said emergency head Dodi Susilo of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The mother and son were found buried in mud near the ruins of theiir house at around 1:30 p.m., nine hours after the landslide hit the area at 4:30 a.m.

Dodi said the landslide was caused by the heavy rains that had been falling since Saturday evening.

The landslide damaged 10 houses, including four with "severe damage", with 21 survivors reported.