Landslides kill 12 in Indonesian's Bali, more rain expected

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Saturday that incessant rains in the past five days caused rivers on Sumbawa Island to break their banks and inundate seven sub-districts in West Nusa Tenggara province.

Two other landslides occurred in two villages in Bangli district of Indonesia's resort Island of Bali earlier Friday, leaving the total casualty of the disaster in the district to 12 people with five persons wounded, disaster agency official said.

Two of the seven victims were children: a seven-year-old girl and one-year-old boy, whose mother also didn't survive, according to reports.

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A number of others were seriously injured, and they have been taken to hospital.

National Disaster Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho warned of more heavy rains in Bali as well as landslides and floods in a statement, after more than 145mm fell on Thursday.

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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Millions of people live in mountainous areas or on flood plains, with heavy rainfall regularly causing landslides and floods on the archipelago.

Bali is a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and lush scenery.

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