12 killed as landslides hit 3 Bali villages

The landslide flattened homes in Bali

The landslide flattened homes in Bali

The landslide - which hit several villages in the Kintamani area yesterday - was caused by sustained torrential rain.

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.

One family lost a 33-year-old woman, her seven-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

Between the three villages, at least five homes were destroyed, with 12 people confirmed killed in the landslides, including several children.

The landslide flattened homes in Bali.

Two others have been seriously injured in the incident at Songan village on the north east of the island.

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BBC Indonesian editor Rebecca Henschke says landslides are common in Indonesia during the monsoon season, but are relatively rare on the tourist island of Bali.

Indonesian authorities have released the names of those killed in the landslide.

"All victims have been successfully evacuated", Mr Nugroho said.

Sutopo also said more heavy rain is possible in the coming days, which could mean additional landslides and flooding.

"Landslides happen nearly every year in Bali and cost lives", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency, said in a statement.

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