Floods, landslides kill one in South Sulawesi

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – Floods and landslides in three districts in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province have killed one person and submerged more than 1,000 houses, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said yesterday.

“The three districts hit by wet hydrometeorological disasters are Jeneponto, Bantaeng, and Sinjai,” BNPB’s spokesperson Abdul Muhari said.

Heavy rains have fallen since early Wednesday and submerged houses between 50 and 200 centimetres high in Jeneponto, where the floods killed one resident. Government buildings, schools, health care offices and 148 houses were inundated, with 26 houses heavily damaged.

The floods are gradually receding, while officials are distributing humanitarian assistance and collecting data on those affected, Muhari added.