Indonesia landslide kills two

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Rescue team members use excavators during search and rescue operation after landslide caused by heavy rain in Bantul of Yogyakarta province, Indonesia, March 18, 2019. Xinhua/Supriyanto

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Dozens of tourists were evacuated on Sunday from a waterfall site hit by landslides in the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people died, authorities said.

Two moderate earthquakes struck Lombok on Sunday afternoon, triggering the landslides when tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall, in north of the island, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said in a statement.

The disaster agency said the two people who died were both Malaysians, but state news agency Antara reported only one was a Malaysian national.

Fourteen Indonesians and 22 other Malaysians were rescued from the waterfall site, Nugroho said.

In Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

Soldiers pulled alive a five-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centres, he said.

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