Floods-landslides kill 16 in Indonesia
Published: 02:54 PM, 15 July 2020
At least 16 people have been killed and hundreds of people have been displaced in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Indonesia reports the country's disaster relief agency on Wednesday.
According to the country's officials, the disaster affects a district in the southern Sulawesi province of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
A spokeswoman for the agency, Raditiya Jati, said 23 people had been missing since the hurricane hit the northern Luoyu district. Rescue officials are searching for them.
A photo published in the media shows a damaged house in a village and a truck half-submerged in dense mud. A runway at the local airport was also submerged in mud and debris.
Local officials from the Disaster Management Agency and search and rescue agencies told Reuters that 655 people had been evacuated after heavy rains flooded several nearby rivers for several days.
Indonesia is prone to frequent floods and landslides, especially during the monsoon. This situation is becoming more fragile day by day due to deforestation.
In January, the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, received one of the heaviest rains in history. 66 people had died in the sudden floods caused by the rains.