7 killed in Bali landslide, says disaster agency

Jakarta: Seven people were killed in a landslide on the tourist island of Bali that wiped out several homes, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said on Friday.

The agency said in a statement that the landslide in Bangli district was caused by sustained torrential rains.

Members of two families were among those killed including a 1-year-old boy, his 7-year-old brother and their mother. Two people were hospitalised with severe injuries and two others suffered minor injuries.

The agency said more heavy rains are likely in Bali and people should be aware of the possibility of landslides and floods.

The resort island is Indonesia’s best-known tourist destination and famous for its Hindu culture, white beaches and lush green interior.

Rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago where millions of people live in mountainous areas or on flood plains near rivers. (AP)

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