7 dead as landslides hit Indonesia’s Bali

JAKARTA-- Landslides hit houses in Bali of central Indonesia before midnight Thursday, leaving seven people dead and four others injured, a disaster agency official said early Friday.

Heavy downpours led soils at a hill in Songan village of Bangli district falling and smashed five houses at about 23:00 p.m. local time Thursday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency told Xinhua via phone.

All the bodies have been recovered and the wounded persons have been rushed to a nearby hospital, he added.

Emergency relief efforts have been undertaken, involving soldiers, police, personnel of local search and rescue office and disaster management agency office as well as Red Cross, Sutopo said.

The disaster agency warned people in the district and the districts of Jembrana, Buleleng, Badung, Tabanan and Gianyar over other possible landslide, floods and whirlwinds as heavy rains are forecast to continue by Saturday, he said.

Indonesia is frequently hit by landslide and flood during heavy rains.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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