Indonesians killed in monsoon landslides and floods

At least 21 people have been killed after high rainfall hit two of the country's provinces.

JAKARTA // Landslides and floods triggered by high rainfall swept through villages in Indonesia's provinces of Maluku and South Kalimantan, killing at least 21 people, officials said today. The worst happened on Buru Island in the eastern province of Maluku, where a landslide hit scores of houses, killing 18 villagers, said a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency. Seven other villagers were injured in the landslide in the southern part of Buru, an island that served as a prison camp for communists in the 1970s.

The bodies of the dead have already been evacuated, the spokesman said. In South Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island, a flood killed three people and left one missing, the local Search and Rescue Agency said. More than 3,000 families were affected by the flood that began yesterday. Indonesia is prone to landslides and floods during the annual monsoon rains. * AP