Landslides in Aceh Killed Eight People
February 4, 2008, 1:02 am
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Banda Aceh (ANTARA News) – The bodies of eight people who were buried alive in a landslide triggered by days of torrential rains at the hilly village of Situbuh-tubuh in Aceh Singkil district on Friday, were evacuated on Saturday. The landslide which hit the village at 02.30 am on Friday destroyed two houses and caused panic among the villagers. Spokesman of the Aceh Provincial Social Service Office Bukhari said here on Saturday the eight fatalities, including a pregnant woman, had been evacuated. “Assisted by military and police personnel, the local people evacuated the fatalities and handed them to their respective families for burial on Saturday morning,” Bukhari said. He added the eight fatalities were identified as Loba Manalu (46), Diana Berutu (20, B Berutu (15), J Berutu (13), Usma Berutu (7), Meliati Gajah (35), Liska Temangger (1.5), and Supriadi Berutu (5). “The landslide in Situbuh-tubuh village was triggered by days of heavy rain,” Bukhari said, adding that the disaster occurred late at night when the people were sound asleep. Meanwhile, Aceh Singkil District Head Makmur Syahputra and a number of district administration officials had visited the landslide affected area. (*)


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