At least one dead in South Sulawesi floods


  • Indonesia
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

Teamwork: A boy helping to push his father’s motorcycle through a flooded road in Makassar, South Sulawesi. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

JAKARTA: Heavy rain over the weekend caused flooding in four regencies and one municipality in South Sulawesi, with at least one fatality. The disaster comes less than two weeks after the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Banten on New Year’s Day.

The five affected regions were Parepare city and the regencies of Barru, Soppeng, Pinrang and Sidenreng Rappang.

According to the latest data from the South Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), hundreds of houses and dozens of public facilities and government offices were inundated.

“The height of the water is still fluctuating,” South Sulawesi BPBD head Nimal Lahamang said on Sunday.

“But in certain locations, particularly those five regions, the water has reached one to two metres and flooded hundreds of houses.”

He added that no residents were displaced as most of the affected homes were traditional stilt houses.

“We are ready. Equipment like boats for evacuating residents, public kitchens and evacuation posts have been prepared.

“BPBDs in the regencies and the city went out to the field early to warn the public,” Nimal added.

But the disaster has claimed at least one victim, identified as 65-

year-old Sinar, a Soppeng resident who allegedly slipped and fell into the floodwaters and was carried away by the current.

According to the information The Jakarta Post received on Sunday, Barru and Sidenreng Rappang were the worst hit, with floodwaters reaching an average height of more than one metre.

Barru BPBD disaster preparedness head Abdul Muhaemin said five out of seven districts in the regency were flooded and that one village, Balusu, and its 121 families had been isolated by floodwaters.

He added that the current was very strong and had cut off connecting roads to several villages in the regency.

The section of the Trans-Sulawesi Highway passing through Barru was also flooded.

Hanafi Hamzah, the data and information head of the Makassar Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said the flooding was caused by the “extreme rainfall” that occurred in the region on Saturday and Sunday. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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