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Four killed, thousands displaced as landslides, floods hit West Sumatra

Heavy downpours have triggered the natural disasters in Koto Alam village of Limapuluh Kota district. — Handout via ReutersHeavy downpours have triggered the natural disasters in Koto Alam village of Limapuluh Kota district. — Handout via ReutersJAKARTA, March 4 — Landslides and floods have left at least four people dead and thousands others internally displaced in West Sumatra province of western Indonesia, China’s Xinhua news agency reported a senior disaster agency official as saying.

Heavy downpours have triggered the natural disasters in Koto Alam village of Limapuluh Kota district, cutting communication and triggering blackout, said Nasriyanto, head of operation unit at the district’s disaster agency.

Two people were also sustained injury, he added.

“The landslide have buried about eight vehicles. So far, we have recovered four bodies from the vehicles. Other vehicles are still buried under mud and rocks. Perhaps there are other victims being trapped inside,” Nasriyanto told Xinhua.

“Floods have also forced thousands of villagers to flee homes, but we have not had the details of the figure,” he added.

Indonesia is frequently hit by floods and landslides during heavy rains. — Bernama

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