Landslides, floods kill 21 in Indonesia

The worst happened in Buru Island in eastern province of Maluku, where a landslide hit scores of houses, killing 18 villagers, said Priyadi Kardono, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency.

Seven other villagers were injured in the Friday landslide in the southern part of Buru, an island that once served as a prison camp for communists in the 1970s.

The bodies of the dead have already been evacuated, Kardono said. Meanwhile, in South Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on Borneo island, a flood killed three people and left one missing, said Surat Wiyono of the local Search and Rescue Agency.

More than 3,000 families were affected by the flood that began yesterday. Dozens of people are killed every year in Indonesia, a vast tropical archipelagic nation with more than 17,000 islands that are prone to landslides and floods during the annual monsoon rains.

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