North Konawe, Southeast Sulawe (ANTARA) - North Konawe, Southeast Sulawe (ANTARA) - Floods, triggered by torrential downpour, have inundated seven sub-districts in North Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, since June 2, 2019, resulting in the Lalindu, Walasoko, and Wadambali rivers overflowing their banks.

Andowia, Asera, Landawe, Langkikima, Oheo, Wiwirano, and Motui were the seven affected sub-districts, La Ode Muh Amaduddin, spokesman of the North Konawe district administration, remarked here on Monday.

Based on data of the North Konawe authorities, flooding has impacted the lives of 18,489 people, and 8,489 are taking refuge on higher ground.

The flooding also submerged 1,837 homes and five mosques and swept away 370 homes.

Four bridges were destroyed and four others were submerged under floodwaters.

Floods also inundated four local health centers, a medicine warehouse, three traditional markets, 10 elementary school buildings, three junior high school buildings, 17 kindergartens, and the Trans Sulawesi highway.

Moreover, 970 hectares of rice fields, 83.5 hectares of corn fields, and 420 hectares of fish ponds were also inundated by the flooding.

The local authorities have deployed personnel -- local, military, and police officers -- to facilitate the evacuation of flood victims.

Relief assistance in the form of 5,033 boxes of instant noodles, 4,287 boxes of mineral water, 42,179 kilograms of rice, and 1,563 sacks of clothing was distributed.

Translator: M Harianto, Fardah
Editor: Bambang Purwanto
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