12 killed in Bali landslides, villagers warned torrential rains may trigger floods

In nearby Awan village, four people were killed, while in Sukawarna another person died, Bali Red Cross operational chief Putu Dedy Rimbawan said.

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.

The country's Disaster Mitigation Agency confirmed 12 people were killed, with young children among the dead.

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A further landslide in the Subaya village on Friday killed one person, bringing the total to 13.

The agency said villages had been evacuated from the affected areas and no one else was believed to be missing.

He stressed survivors were in desperate need of clean water, food and medicine.

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

Seasonal rains often cause flooding and landslides in Indonesia, which is comprised of a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or flood-prone plains close to rivers.

Five homes were also destroyed as a result of the landslides, with BBC reporting that 145mm fell on Thursday.

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