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Jakarta Post

Mining, plantations suspected to cause floods

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya, Ruslan Sangadji and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta / Palu / Samarinda   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /  09:37 am
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A section on Jl. A Yani Samarinda in Samarinda City in East Kalimantan was inundated on Monday.( Rachman)

More than five thousand people fled their homes in North Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi as floods submerged more areas in the regency known as mining and plantation clusters. “As of Tuesday evening, 5,703 people from six subdistricts across North Konawe have left their homes,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday. The number of displaced people has increased significantly from 4,198 people on Sunday evening. Sutopo said the massive flooding was caused after the Lalindu River, Walasolo River and Landawe River in the regency overflowed following heavy rain in the regency from June 1 to 2. The flood has damaged more than 1,500 houses and public facilities such as bridges, roads, houses of worship and health facilities.
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