Indonesia’s flash flood and landslide kill 30, several others missing

Natural disasters like flooding have escalated the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities on July 16 said, that flash floods and landslides killed at least 30 people on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and left hundreds displaced.

The flash floods struck the North Luwu district of South Sulawesi Province after heavy rain on July 13 caused three nearby rivers to burst. More than 4,000 residents have been affected.

Yusuf Latif, Indonesia search rescue agency spokesman said that fifteen people remain missing. Muhammad Rizal, the Agency’s Chief in South Sulawesi, said, “The number of missing people might increase as many villages haven’t reported the exact data of their missing residents.”

Indonesia frequently suffers from floods and landslides, particularly during the rainy season. Deforestation often escalates the flood situation in the region.

In January, 66 people died in flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, while in March, 80 people in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua.

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