At least fifteen people have died and several dozen are missing as a result of Monday’s severe flooding in the North Luwu area of South Sulawesi province in the Central Indonesian archipelago.
“The number of victims may increase because some cities are still inaccessible,” North Luwu Regency leader Indah Putri Indriani said in statements to The Jakarta Post.
Heavy rains since Sunday have caused the Masamba, Rongkong and Mely rivers to overflow. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported Tuesday that 4,930 families in Masamba, Sabbang, Baebunta, Baebunta Sur, Malangke and West Malangke districts were affected by the floods.
The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) predicted that the rain would continue until Thursday and asked citizens to exercise caution due to the serious situation. The floods have buried hundreds of homes and public facilities in the mud. Access to the cities of Masamba and Radda is blocked by the mud.