IMAGE: Indonesia Flood
Irwin Fedriansyiah  /  AP
Jakarta saw flooding Thursday as the rainy season began in Indonesia.
updated 3/14/2008 5:35:58 PM ET 2008-03-14T21:35:58

A landslide triggered by days of torrential rain killed a mother and her four young children in western Indonesia, rescue officials said Friday.

Many homes in Gunung Rajo village on Sumatra island were buried when mud gushed down from surrounding hills late Thursday, said Rustam Pakaya of the government's Disaster Crisis Center.

The bodies of a 28-year-old woman and her children — aged 1, 3, 5 and 8 — have been recovered, he said.

Villagers have joined in the rescue efforts, he added, some using farm tools to search for survivors. An excavator also has arrived at the scene.

Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a vast chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

Parts of west and east Java island also were inundated Friday following days of heavy rain, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities.

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