Bali, Indonesia Landslide Kills 7

INDONESIA – At least seven people died while four others were injured when landslides hit houses in Indonesia’s Bali before midnight Thursday, the national disaster management agency said.

The landslides hit Songan village of Bangli district, falling and destroying five houses at about 11 pm Thursday. All of the seven bodies have been recovered.

In an interview with Xinhua news agency, national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the landslides were triggered by heavy downpours.

Indonesia is frequently hit by landslide and flood during heavy rains and the disaster agency warned people in the district and the districts of Jembrana, Buleleng, Badung, Tabanan and Gianyar over other possible landslides, floods and whirlwinds as heavy rains are forecast to continue by Saturday.

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Last December, landslides in Banten and Central Java provinces of western Indonesia have left 5 people dead and 3 others injured, officials said.

In Banten province, another landslide took place in a traditional gold mining compound at Citorek village of Lebak district, killing 4 miners and injuring 3 others.

A month earlier, landslides striking Central Java province of western Indonesia have left one person dead and two others missing with five persons suffering from injuries, official of disaster agency said.

Heavy downpours were blamed for the disaster in Bulurejo village of Karanganyar district, Risky A, senior official at the provincial disaster management agency said. –

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