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Floods force thousands to flee in Central Sulawesi
Publication Date : 12-08-2014
Floods wreaked havoc in 16 villages in two districts in Banggai regency, Central Sulawesi in Indonesia on Sunday, forcing 15,000 people to evacuate to safer ground.
“They are now staying in emergency tents set up by the Banggai authorities,” Bartholomeus Tandigala, the head of the Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), stated on Monday.
The flood-affected districts are Toili and West Toili. Ten villages in Toili and six in West Toili were inundated.
The floodwater, which reached a height of up to 1 metre, was caused by incessant rain in the past few days.
Members of a local search and rescue team with the assistance of military and police personnel are searching for a villager who was swept away by floodwater.
Meanwhile, various area sin South Jakarta also experienced flooding on Monday afternoon following a heavy downpour.
According to the Jakarta Police’s Twitter account, @TMCPoldaMetro, the floodwater was as high as 20 to 30 centimetres on Jl. Kemang Selatan at 4.5pm on Monday.
Flooding also reached other areas, including Jl. Siaga Raya in Pejaten Barat and in front of the post office on Jl. Tendean Mampang Prapatan Raya, resulting in traffic gridlock.
Floodwater had reached its highest point, at between 30 and 40 cm high, on Jl. Fatmawati Raya in Kebayoran Baru at 4.32pm.