Makassar: The death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia jumped to 26, a disaster agency official said Thursday, as rescuers race to find still-missing victims.
Indonesia flood, landslide death toll rises to 26
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts.
The floods also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges. "The search and rescue teams are still looking for missing victims and evacuating people whose homes were inundated by the flooding," Syamsibar said. Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast tropical archipelago. In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.