12 February, 2017
At least 12 people, including several children, were killed in landslides after heavy rains in Songan, Awan and Sukawarna villages in Bali, Indonesia, caused landslides, emergency officials reported early Friday morning as they continued rescue operations.
Villagers attempt to salvage their belongings from a house damaged in the landslide.
The victims included a seven-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, as well as their mother.
The landslide hit several villages in the Kintamani area on Friday (NZT).
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Red Cross aid workers, the military and police are searching for survivors.
The disaster board has warned that heavy rain is likely to continue to fall on the region and has warned people to be cautious of landslides, floods and hurricanes.
Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, particularly during the months-long rainy season which peaks in January and February.
A year ago at least five people were killed and 100,000 were forced to flee their homes after floods swept through Bali's neighbouring island West Nusa Tenggara, and the Belitung region to the east of Bali and Sulawesi in the north. Environmentalists blame the frequent occurrence of landslides on deforestation and poor urban planning.