Sumatra Landslide Kills 4, Injures 30

Four people are dead and 30 others are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide on the Indonesian island of Nias, officials said.

The landslide slammed into a village in Majo Kampung Barije district on the island in North Sumatra province yesterday, disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Confirming the dead and missing in a text message, he said 37 houses were buried under the mud.

“Heavy rains the past three days had caused the hill to crumble,” district disaster management agency official Robertna Mendeva said.

“We are now still trying to pull out trapped victims from the landslide. It’s difficult as it is still raining very heavily now.”

Landslides usually triggered by heavy rain are a major killer in Indonesia, which is currently being lashed by monsoon downpours and widespread flooding.