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On a Dry Island, Flooding and Landslides

In the Middle of Prolonged Drought, Sporadic Rains Cause Flooding and Landslides in Certain Corners of Bali.

(10/31/2009) Although Bali's rainy season is late in arriving and has caused water shortages and dry river beds in most parts of the province, isolated heavy rains on Sunday, October 25, 2009, in Jembrana and Gianyar resulted in property damage linked to flooding and landslides.

In the island's west, the Benet dam at the village of Manistutu in Jembrana was breached causing many homes to be submerged to the roof lines, with water depth in some flooded areas estimated at 3 meters. Fortunately, no deaths or serious injuries were attributed to the Jembrana area flooding.

On the same date on the other side of Bali, heavy rains in Ubud and the surrounding areas of Gianyar brought landslides to the village of Tegallalang. I Wayan Lanus, a 90-year-old Balinese had to be rescued by fellow villagers when his home was swept 200 meters down a hillside in a sea of mud. Five other members of Lanus' family also managed to escape the landslide, although the elderly Balinese was hospitalized briefly with minor injuries sustained in the incident.