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Landslide caused by heavy rains in central Indonesia hills kills 3 people; 107 missing

  • Rescuers remove the body of a victim of landslides that swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Scores of people died and more than 100 are missing following landslides caused by heavy rain in central Indonesia on Friday, local government officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bayu Nur)

    Rescuers remove the body of a victim of landslides that swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Scores of people died and more than 100 are missing following landslides caused by heavy rain in central Indonesia on Friday, local government officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bayu Nur)  (The Associated Press)

  • Villagers and rescuers examine the site where a landslide swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Torrential rains set off the mudslide down the hills into the village in central Indonesia, killing scores of people with more than 100 missing. (AP Photo/Bayu Nur)

    Villagers and rescuers examine the site where a landslide swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Torrential rains set off the mudslide down the hills into the village in central Indonesia, killing scores of people with more than 100 missing. (AP Photo/Bayu Nur)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesia's disaster-response agency says three people have been confirmed dead and 107 others are missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried houses on the main island of Java.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, says about 105 houses have been swept away by the landslide in the hilly district of Banjarnegara in Central java province.

He said Saturday 38 injured villagers have been rushed to a hospital, four of them in critical condition.

Rescuers, including soldiers, police and villagers, are searching for 107 people still missing.

Incessant rains began pounding the area Friday afternoon.

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