JAKARTA, Indonesia (NEWSnet/AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rains crashed onto an illegal gold mining operation on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing at least 12 people, officials said Monday.

Dozens others were reported missing.

More than 100 villagers were digging for grains of gold on Sunday when tons of mud came down the surrounding hills and buried their makeshift camps, the head of the Search and Rescue Office said.

Officials said 44 people managed to escape from the landslide. Some 48 others are still missing.

A National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson said torrential rains that have pounded the area since Saturday also broke an embankment, causing floods of up to 10 feet in five villages in Bone Bolango. Nearly 300 houses were affected and more than 1,000 people have fled for safety.

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