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Death Toll in Indonesia Floods Climbs to 30, 25 Missing

JAKARTA – Indonesian authorities raised on Thursday the number of people killed due to floods, landslides and strong winds in the southern part of the island of Sulawesi to 30, while 25 people were missing.

Another 47 have been injured, while 3,321 people have been displaced, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said.

Rainfall caused by a severe storm on Tuesday in the southern part of the island has also led to flooding of 2,694 houses in 78 towns, BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Gowa suffered the most number of fatalities with 16, followed by Jeneponto, with 10, and Maros, with 4.

The torrential rains also caused several rivers and reservoirs to overflow and flood thousands of hectares of land, although Sutopo added that the water level has already begun to recede.

Rescue teams were using inflatable boats to continue assisting those affected as the water level rose to a height of two meters (6.6 feet) forcing many to seek refuge on the roofs of their houses.

The government of South Sulawesi has announced a special budget of 1 billion rupiahs ($70,600) for emergency and recovery work while it continues to assess casualties and structural damage.

Floods and landslides hit Indonesia every year during the rainy season, which lasts from December to February.

The severe rains and floods have heaped more misery on the island of Sulawesi as it continues to recover from a massive earthquake and tsunami which struck last September.

Over 2,200 people died, with over 1,000 people missing and tens of thousands more displaced and injured.

The Sulawesi magnitude-7.5 earthquake followed another magnitude-6.3 tremor which hit the tourist island of Lombok in August, in which 563 people died, while more than 1,000 were injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.

 

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