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22 killed in Aceh province earthquake

22 killed in Aceh province earthquake

Banda Aceh: Indonesian authorities say the death toll from a strong earthquake in a western province has risen to 22.

The magnitude-6.1 quake Tuesday injured more than 200 other people and damaged more than 1,500 houses and buildings in Aceh province.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured by a landslide or collapsing buildings in the worst-hit area of Bener Meriah.

A strong earthquake felled buildings and caused landslides in western Indonesia, killing at least six people and injuring more than 200 others. More than 300 houses and buildings were damaged across Aceh province, and rescuers were looking for people trapped in the debris.

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