Death toll in Sulawesi landslide rises to 20

TANA TORAJA, Indonesia — Rescuers recovered the bodies of a three-year-old girl and her mother who were the last victims still missing after landslides on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island that killed 20 people, authorities said Tuesday.

Both of them were found close to each other, local rescue chief Mexianus Bekabel said.

Mud loosened by torrential rain poured from surrounding hills onto four houses Saturday at South Makale village in the Tana Toraja district of South Sulawesi province, said local police chief Gunardi Mundu. He said a family gathering was being held in one of the houses when the landslide hit.

Fog and rain had hampered the search for the victims.

Dozens of soldiers, police and volunteers had joined the search in the remote hillside villages of Makale and South Makale, Mundu said.

Rescuers early Sunday managed to pull out two injured people, including an eight-year-old girl, and rushed them to a hospital. Tana Toraja has many popular tourist attractions, including traditional houses and wooden statues of bodies buried in caves, known as tau-tau.

Seasonal downpours cause frequent landslides and floods in Indonesia. / AP


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