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51 dead after Indonesia mudslide

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia has risen to 51, as rain halted the search for dozens of missing people.

Police rescue coordinator Lieutenant Colonel Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies have been recovered today, raising the confirmed death toll to 51.

About 2,000 rescuers, including soldiers, police and volunteers, have been mobilised to dig through the mud and wreckage after the landslide on Friday buried more than 100 houses in Jemblung village in Central Java province's Banjarnegara district.

The search for more than 55 people believed still to be missing has been halted as rain prompted fears of another mudslide.

Seasonal rains and high tides cause frequent floods in Indonesia. Many of its 250 million people live in mountainous areas and fertile flood plains near rivers.

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