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Landslides claim 4 lives in Indonesia’s West Papua

At least four people have been killed after rain-triggered landslides hit the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua on Sunday.

This was disclosed in a statement by the country’s National Disaster Management Agency, BNPB, on Tuesday.

One person has been rescued in the disaster that occurred in the area of Arfak Mountains. The evacuation was made with the use of heavy equipment.

BNPB spokesperson Ahmad Muhari said that the rescue operation had ended as all victims were already found.

However, the risk of subsequent landslides in the Arfak Mountains remained high as torrential rains were expected to occur in the next few days.

Rescuers were told to be on alert, he said, while calling on locals to take shelter in safe areas when heavy rains occur.