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15 dead in Indonesian tea plantation landslide

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15 dead in Indonesian tea plantation landslide

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At least fifteen people have died in a landslide on an Indonesian tea plantation and up to 70 others are missing according to disaster relief agency officials there.

The 300 metre landslip has covered 50 houses, a small tea factory, a mosque and a health centre in in Ciwidey in the flood-ravaged Bandung district about 150 kilometres southeast of the capital Jakarta.

More than 300 rescue workers have arrived at the scene with heavy machinery but witnesses say most of the digging in the search for survivors is having to be done by hand as hopes of finding anyone else alive begin to fade.

Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes by flooding in the Bandung district and Jakarta over the last few weeks.