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Indonesia: Death toll from floods, landslides hit 68

28th Jan 2019
Indonesia: Death toll from floods, landslides hit 68

By Mahmut Atanur

 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AA): The death toll from torrential rains that triggered landslides and floods on an Indonesian island has climbed to 68, the country’s disaster management agency said on Sunday.

At least 47 people were injured and seven others remained missing in disaster-hit Sulawesi Island, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency.

The heavy rains hit at least 13 districts across the island, including Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province.

Over 6,700 victims were evacuated to safe areas, Nugroho added.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in a statement that the government is going to pay a compensation money of 15 million rupiah (around $1,066) per person to families of the victims, who lost their lives in the disaster.

The floods and landslides damaged houses, government buildings, schools, and bridges.

Last year, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island, while a dozen died when an avalanche of mud and rock cascaded down a steep slope in central Java, Indonesia’s main island.
In 2016, also in Central Java, about 50 people died when heavy downpours sent torrents of water, mud and rock into villages.

Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast tropical archipelago.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: A man searches for landslide victims in Purworejo, Indonesia on 19 June 2016. Photographer: Stringer/AA]

 

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