Six killed in Manado city’s massive floods, landslides

Manado, N Sulawesi The death toll in Manado city’s massive floods and landslides that hit nine subdistricts and 33 neighborhoods on Saturday had reached six, the Manado Disaster Mitigation Agency Head, Donald Sambuaga, said.

“We have reported the impacts of this catastrophe to the North Sulawesi governor. Six people died while another one has not yet been found,” Sambuaga told ANTARA here Sunday.

Three of the six bodies were found under the rubble of their house which was buried by a landslide in Perkamil Lingkungan 5 neighborhood. They were identified as Fani Poluan (50), Arni Laurens (44), and Celsi (8), he said.

The massive floods and landslides impacted those residing in the subdistricts of Singkil, Tuminting, Bunaken, Paal Dua, Tikala, Wenang, Sario, Malalayang, and Wanea.

A joint team of rescuers from the disaster mitigation agency, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), police, military, Indonesian Community Radio Network (RAPI), and community worked together to evacuate affected residents.

Various parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters. Over these past two weeks of January 2021, several hydrological disasters occurred in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

In Java Island, for instance, landslides hit Cihanjuang Village in Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java Province.

As of January 12, 16 residents died while 24 others still went missing in the aftermath of landslides that hit Cihanjuang Village on January 9, 2021.

Meanwhile, in Sumatra Island, flash floods and a landslide damaged seven homes and broke a bridge in Wih Ni Durin Village, Syiah Utama Sub-district, Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province, following incessant heavy rains in Gayo highland area.

In the island of Kalimantan, massive floods and landslides had also hit several parts of South Kalimantan Province over these past few days.

As a result, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that as of Saturday, the massive flooding had displaced some 112,709 people, and submerged a total of 27,111 homes in the province.

The floods affected the districts of Banjar, Tapin, Tabalong, Balangan, and Hulu Sungai Tengah, and the cities of Tanah Laut and Banjar Baru.

According to Tanah Laut District Head Sukamta, the massive floods also triggered landslides which claimed the lives of five residents.

The landslides struck Guntung Besar Village and Gunung Keramaian area of Panggung Baru Village in Pelaihari Subdistrict, Sukamta said.

Source: Antara News

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