Scramble to find 70 missing people ‘buried underground’ after landslide kills 5

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A devastating landslide has occurred near a gold mine – with at least five people thought to be dead.

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It occurred in the village of Buranga in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Wednesday, February 24, after days of heavy rain.

Teams comprised of police, military and the local disaster agency deployed heavy machinery to help the search.

Datu Pamusu Tombolotutu, head of Provincial Disaster Management Agency, told the Xinhua news agency: “We have got five bodies and received reports from members of families about missing persons.

“The total is 70. Many of them could be buried underground.”

An excavator has also been dispatched to try and clear the earth.

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