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Bad Weather Claims Lives in Kintamani

Heavy Rains Bring Flooding, Landslides and 6 Deaths to North Bali

(3/14/2012) Kompas.com reports that heavy rains on the night of Tuesday, March 14, 2012, caused a series of landslides that destroyed rice terraces and at least one hotel.

The spokesman of the National Disaster Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told the press in Jakarta that the Hotel Bali Handara at the Handara Kosaido Golf Course suffered flooding and landslide damage.

“There were 35 rooms that were damaged. There were 14 separate landslides in the area, with 8 local road closings resulting in traffic disruption across the Buleleng regency. The BPBD provincial and regency offices in cooperation with the Public Works Department are dealing with the landslides.

Roads were reported to be open again at 1:00 pm on Wednesday with traffic moving normally throughout the area.

Deaths Reported

Detik.com said that 6 people lost their lives due to the adverse weather and resulting flooding and landslides in the village of Belandingan, Kintamani in the regency of Bangli.

Only four bodies have been recovered with authorities still searching for the remaining two who are presumed dead.

The two missing victims, according to Kompas.com, are siblings who authority suspect were caught in a landslide and then swept down a local river.

The four confirmed dead ranges in age from 9 to 38 years.