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Monday , October 21 2019

Floods toll hits 30

Floods and landslides in a central Indonesian province hit by torrential rains this week have killed 30 people and left more than two dozen missing, the national disaster agency said Thursday.

Residents ride a makeshift raft as they evacuate their flooded homes in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Jan 23. Torrential rains that overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides that killed some and displaced more than a few thousand residents in central Indonesia, officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Ten districts and cities in South Sulawesi province including the capital, Makassar, have been affected by flooding that began late Tuesday, forcing more than 3,000 people to flee their homes.

Adnan Purichta Ichsann, the chief of Gowa district near Makassar, says operators of the Bili Bili rock-fill embankment dam were forced to release water on Tuesday, which contributed to flooding but avoided a worse disaster. South Sulawesi Gov Nurdin Adbullah told local media that siltation of the dam and deforestation of the upstream watershed worsened the floods.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 30 people were confirmed dead and 25 were reported missing. (AP)

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