Heavy flooding hit parts
of Southeast Sulawesi

Incessant rainfall in Southeast Sulawesi over the past few days have not only inundated the province capital of Kendari, but also Konawe Selatan regency, where nearly 80 percent of the area was submerged.

Konawe Selatan Regent Imran said on Thursday evening that flooding hit at least 227 villages in 22 districts on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing two people and damaging four bridges.

"The two victims were identified as Dedy, a resident of Kolono district, and Sudirman of Laeya district," Imran said as quoted by kompas.com.

Parts of the highways were also cut off due to landslides, 447 houses were swept away and 3,412 houses were submerged, forcing 27,802 people to evacuate to areas not affected by the flooding.

"The flood also inundated 7,733 hectares of rice fields, 739 hectares of plantations, 111 hectares of crops and 964 hectares of fish ponds. It also damaged 17 school buildings and killed 377 cows and 60 goats," he said.

Imran said that his administration was currently focusing on evacuating the flood victims.

"We have built evacuation posts and distributed assistance like food, medicine and blankets," he said. (apt)

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