Floods kill nine in Central Sulawesi during 2011

Palu, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - At least ten floods have hit Central Sulawesi Province over the past one year, killing nine people and damaging over 600 houses.

Anshar Lamanandi, the head of the Central Sulawesi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said here on Tuesday that the government had built more than 200 temporary shelters to accommodate flood victims.

The flood fatalities happened in Banawa sub district, Donggala District (three dead villagers) and in Kulawi sub district (six).

In October, a flash flood hit Mbuwu village, Banawa Selatan, Donggala District, killing three persons and destroying 397 houses.

This December, a flash flood inundated Kulawi sub district, Sigi District, killing six people and seriously damaging 182 houses.

Also in December, a flood hit Palu and Donggala District, destroying a bridge and 10 houses and tens of hectares of rice fields and cacao plantations.

In early December, a flood struck Momunu sub district, Buol District, Central Sulawesi, and submerged more than 100 houses.

In 2007, floods hit Morowali District, and killed 57 people.

Central Sulawesi consists of ten districts and one city, and almost all of them are prone to floods.