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Jakarta Post

Floods hit 1,000 houses in South Sulawesi

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, January 15 2011   /  01:03 pm

MAKASSAR: Rains have triggered floods over the last two days, leaving some 1,000 houses, hundreds of hectares of rice fields and plantations in three regencies in South Sulawesi inundated with water levels reaching up to two meters.

The affected cities and regencies are Makassar, Maros regency and Gowa regency.

A rise in water levels was recorded Thursday morning before receding as the rains stopped. At some locations in Makassar and Gowa, however, clogged flood waters remained at levels one meter deep.

At Tamalanrea Jaya sub-district in Makassar, 600 houses were encroached by knee-high water, which prompted evacuation of a number of residents. Some residents were forced to use rafts made from banana trees as a means of transportation.

“Water reached two meters this morning, but fortunately the rain stopped and the water has now been going down,” Ambo Aso...