Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA) - South Sumatra's Pesisir Selatan District Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) confirmed that flash floods and landslides in the district have claimed the lives of 16 residents.

"Our current data today showed the number of casualties has increased from 10 to 16, while another seven residents are still missing," Pesisir Selatan District's BPBD Chief Doni Yusrizal said here on Saturday.

The casualties have been reported from Sutera, Koto XI Tarusan, IV Jurai, and Lengayang Sub-districts, he said, adding that a joint rescue team is still searching for missing victims.

"Rain weather continues until this morning, and some access is still being cut off, rendering it impassable. We are still exerting efforts to access isolated residents by boats," Yusrizal informed.

As per BPBD's records, at least 46 thousand residents have been evacuated due to flash floods and landslides in almost all sub-districts of Pesisir Selatan District. Koto XI Tarusan Sub-district has been affected most heavily by the disaster.

The agency has also recorded damage to 14 houses in Koto XI Terusan Sub-district due to landslides, as well as 20,004 housing units and eight bridges throughout the district.

Yusrizal informed that access to clean water, electricity, and the Internet is still being impeded by the natural disaster.

BPBD is coordinating with the local Social Affairs Office to fulfill the logistical needs of evacuees, he said.

The district authority has also established a centralized disaster management base from where all logistics assistance delivery will be coordinated, he said.

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