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Australian woman killed in Bali landslide

An Australian woman has died alongside one other after a landslide swept away their Bali villa.

Jatiluwih village had been hit with heavy rain that caused the natural disaster.

Local disaster mitigation agency official I Nyoman Srinadha Giri told AFP.

The intense rain eroded water canals used for irrigation that sit above the villa and triggered the landslide, killing the two, according to the official.

“The victims were evacuated from the debris while in sleeping (positions). There were two victims, a man and a woman in one bed,” he said.

The female victim, 47, was born in Australia and had a United States permanent residence permit, while the male victim’s nationality and identity remained unknown.

The victims’ bodies were transferred to a hospital in the provincial capital Denpasar.

Landslides in Indonesia have been aggravated in some places by deforestation, with prolonged torrential rain causing flooding in some areas.

Landslides and floods triggered by intense rains on Sumatra island last week killed at least 27 people.

Over the past eight years, Indonesia has had around 4,000 landslides, with heavy rain seasons being the main contributing factor. A whopping 1483 occurred in 2019 alone.

In 2014, the infamous Karangkobar landslide killed 93 people and left 23 missing.