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Seven people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential storms in West Sumatra, authorities said, as they warned continuing rainfall could cause further ground movement on Friday. A day after the landslide hit two adjacent houses in Padang Pariaman district on Wednesday, seven bodies were pulled out of the mud, while another person was rescued alive with broken bones. "All victims have been found after we were able to use heavy equipment yesterday afternoon," local disaster mitigation agency official Rumainur told AFP Friday. Authorities warned residents to stay vigilant because heavy rains in the area will continue until Saturday. "Please beware of the danger of ground movement triggered by the rainfall," spokesman for National Disaster Mitigation Agency Abdul Muhari said in a Friday statement. More than 300 houses and 80 hectares of rice field in Padang Pariaman have been inundated. Strong winds also damaged houses, kiosks and vehicles, and knocked down trees. One person died and four others were injured when one fell on them as they were visiting a graveyard on Wednesday.