120 villages in Bali categorized as disaster-prone ‘red’ zones

The aftermath of a 4.8-magnitude earthquake that took place last month in Bali’s Karangasem regency. Photo: BPBD Provinsi Bali
The aftermath of a 4.8-magnitude earthquake that took place last month in Bali’s Karangasem regency. Photo: BPBD Provinsi Bali

More than a hundred villages in Bali are prone to disasters, with local authorities saying that they face multiple risks ranging from landslides and floods to earthquakes and tsunamis. 

Acting head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in Bali, I Made Rentin, said six regions are categorized as “red zones,” or disaster-prone areas, across the province, including Karangasem, Bangli, Buleleng, as well as parts of Klungkung, Badung and Tabanan. There are 120 villages in total under the category. 

BPBD said 11 people died this year due to trees collapsing, and eight of these incidents had occurred in Karangasem. Meanwhile, the agency recorded more than 360 disasters so far in 2021, the majority of which had been landslides. 

Last month, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Karangsem killed at least three people and injured dozens others, while hundreds of houses reportedly sustained heavy damages. 

Rentin said his office is working on capacity-building for the people living in these high-risk areas. 
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