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8 Dead, 100 Missing in Indonesia Landslide

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A landslide in Indonesia's main island of Java has killed at least eight people and left more than 100 missing.

Officials say the slide was triggered late Friday by torrential rains in Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district of Central Java province. The mud swept away about 105 houses.

The national disaster agency said hundreds of people, including police, soldiers and residents are digging through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes for about 100 people still missing.

The rainy season has begun in Indonesia, a time when landslides triggered by heavy downfalls and floods are common.