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Rescuers remove bodies after landslides, floods

December 28, 2007

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— Crying relatives watched in horror Thursday as rescuers pulled muddy corpses from Indonesian villages devastated by landslides and floods. At least 87 people were dead or missing, and tens of thousands have been forced from their homes.

Authorities struggled to get tractors and bulldozers over washed-out roads 24 hours after torrential rain sent mud crashing into hilly districts of Java island. Hundreds of police, soldiers and residents were digging through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes.

Local officials have given varying death tolls, but Rustam Pakaya, a disaster official in the ministry of health, said 87 people had been killed or were feared dead.

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