LANDSLIDES triggered by heavy rains have killed eight people in Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province, a local official says.

“Eight people were killed in three different locations in Ambon city,” said Brory Tjokro, the city’s search and rescue chief, adding that a further two people were missing.

“Heavy rains that poured all night caused landslides in the locations. Ambon city was also flooded,” he said.

In June, three people were killed in the town when they were buried in a landslide caused by heavy rains.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, which is prone to frequent bursts of heavy rain.