4 killed in landslides in Indonesia

Jakarta, Dec 7 (IANS) Landslides in Banten and Central Java provinces of western Indonesia have left 5 people dead and three others injured, disaster agency official said on Wednesday.

In Banten province, another landslide took place in a traditional gold mining compound at Citorek village of Lebak district, killing four miners and injuring 3 others, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency told Xinhua via phone.

Heavy downpours triggered soil of a hill to fall and smash tents of the miners, he said.

The victims have been evacuated by police and the local communities, Sutopo added.

Previously, a landslide also hit the province on Monday, leaving two people dead with two others sustaining injuries, according to an official of the provincial disaster agency.

Separately in East Java province, landslides occurred in Magelang district. leaving one person dead, Sutopo added.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by landslide and flood during heavy rains.