Landslides, flooding kill five across Bali

Torrential rains and heavy winds that battered the island for hours on Thursday night caused landslides and flooding in scores of villages in five regencies across Bali, claiming at least five lives and injuring several people. As of 2 p.m. Friday, a report from the operations room of the provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) showed that Buleleng was the worst hit regency. The other affected regencies were Bangli, Tabanan, Gianyar and Badung. “All of our field personnel and equipment have been deployed to deal with the situation,” operations officer I Komang Kusumaedi said.

In Buleleng landslides and flooding occurred in five districts, namely Kubutambahan, Sawan, Seririt, Sukasada and Busungbiu. Dozens of house were reportedly damaged. In Kubutambahan’s Tajun village, a landslide blocked the main road connecting Buleleng’s capital Singaraja to tourist destination Kintamani in Bangli. It buried a small minivan and pushed a small SUV into a ravine. The driver of the minivan survived, but the driver and passenger of the SUV were killed on the spot. They were identified as Putu Wijaya, 45, and Made Sudarsana, 49.

Heavy rain also triggered a massive flood in Galungan village in Sawan district. As many as 62 residents of the village had to leave their homes and take shelter at the nearby Cengked Temple. The flood also damaged the village’s Melanting Temple. “A local university student was riding her motorbike in Bebetin village when the flood swept her away. We have recovered her body today,” Buleleng Disaster Mitigation Agency head Putu Dana said Friday, adding that the victim was identified as Made Ayu Padmini, 18. The flood destroyed at least 18 houses and two motorbikes in four villages.

Moreover, scores of houses were swept away in Petemon and Pengastulan villages by the surging water from the nearby Tukad Saba River. At Lokapaksa village in Seririt district, heavy rains caused the collapse of a 3 meter high wall that fell on a nearby house, killing one of its occupants. The victim was identified as Made Ayu Budi Utami, 14. Both her mother and father suffered serious injuries in the incident and were rushed to a local hospital. “It was a very powerful downpour. It didn’t only cause the wall to collapse but it also nearly washed away the road connecting our village with the neighboring Ularan village,” Lokapaksa village chief I Gusti Made Kusumayasa said.

A resident of Sekumpul village, Ketut Intan, 40, described the torrential rain as “long-lasting and intense”. “Light showers started at around noon on Thursday and continued until the evening. It turned into a full-blown downpour in the night and kept going until Friday morning,” she said. The fifth casualty in the inclement weather was identified as Ni Nyoman Metri, 50, who was in the outer yard of the Beji Manik Toya Temple in Luwus village, Tabanan regency, when a tree fell on her. Two other villagers were injured in the incident. In Tabanan, landslides occurred in six villages in Baturiti district. In Bangli, landslides hit seven villages, in Badung four villages and in Gianyar two villages.

source : bali daily

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