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16 Killed in Indonesia Landslide


A landslide triggered by heavy rains has barreled into a village in northeastern Indonesia, killing at least 16 people and leaving 13 others missing.

Authorities say the landslide happened on Indonesia's remote Sangihe Island between Sulawesi and the Philippine island of Mindanao. Communications to the island are virtually cut off.

Seasonal downpours frequently trigger fatal landslides in Indonesia. Deforested areas are especially prone because vegetation needed to hold wet soil in place has been removed.

Flash floods and landslides last month killed more than 100 people and left dozens missing in Indonesia's Aceh and North Sumatra provinces.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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