25 flood victims still missing in South Sulawesi

25 flood victims still missing in South Sulawesi

Evacuation of flood victims in South Sulawesi on Jan 23, 2019. ANTARA FOTO/Sahrul Manda Tikupadang/foc.

Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - A total of 25 people are still missing in floods and landslides that hit 10 districts and cities in South Sulawesi Province, a local official stated.

Based on data, as of January 24, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. local time, floods rendered 21 people missing in Gowa District, three in Jeneponto, and one in Pangkep.

The natural disasters displaced a total of 13,321 people in Gowa, Makassar, and Maros.

Deputy Governor of South Sulawesi Andi Sudirman visited the Antang housing complex in Makassar, which was submerged by floodwaters, reaching a height of up to 1.5 meters.

The South Sulawesi administration will find a solution to the flooding problem in the city, he affirmed.

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides that hit South Sulawesi climbed to 26 as of Thursday morning.

Of the total 26 casualties, 12 were found in Gowa, 10 in Jeneponto, and four in Maros, Syamsibar, head of the South Sulawesi disaster mitigation office (BPBD), stated here.

The flooding hit 10 districts and cities in the province, affected 3,914 families, and led to 46 people falling ill.

A joint rescue and search team, comprising military, police, and local personnel, worked hard to find the missing people and evacuate displaced victims.

Syamsibar expressed relief that the floodwaters had subsided, as the rain began to wane.

The Makassar, Sungguhminasa, and Malino roads, cut off by the disasters, were reopened.

On the previous day, Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita dispatched logistics aid and rescue officers to six districts and a city in South Sulawesi Province hit by flash floods.

The logistics aid, worth Rp874,517,200, comprises food, beverages, blankets, kitchenware, and clothing, among other things.

Gowa is the worst hit by flooding triggered by incessant heavy rains over the last two days. Jeneberang River, the longest river in South Sulawesi, also overflowed its bank.

Reporting by Abdul Kadir, fardah