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Rescuers pull victims from landslides

December 27, 2007

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— Rescuers recovered dozens of bodies from a village devastated by landslides Wednesday on Indonesia's Java island as authorities struggled to get heavy lifting equipment to the affected areas. Officials said at least 78 people were killed or feared dead.

Most of the victims were caught in a single landslide in the Karanganyar district in central Java. But hillsides collapsed onto houses and claimed victims in at least seven other places in the mountainous region, which had been lashed by hours of torrential rain.

Police and soldiers working mostly with their bare hands or simple agricultural tools uncovered 36 bodies in Karanganyar, said Heru Aji Pratomo, the head of the local disaster coordinating agency.

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