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Indonesia: At least 21 dead as flash floods leave trail of destruction02:08

Indonesia: At least 21 dead as flash floods leave trail of destruction

Indonesia, South Sulawesi
July 15, 2020 at 19:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

At least 21 died, two people went missing and hundreds were displaced on Wednesday amid flash floods that hit Indonesia's South Sulawesi province that were triggered by heavy rains on Monday.

On Wednesday, houses were seen being severely damaged and roads were covered in thick mud, as rescuers were looking for missing people in the Luwu Utara District, south of the island.

"Around 9.30 Monday night (13:30 GMT), there was huge amount of water flowing like tsunami, really hard and fast flow that destroyed everything that passed through, a house was split in two after hit with the flood. Many died from the flood and some are still being searched and rescued," said a local resident, before adding that "thousands of houses" were destroyed.

Officials said the flooding began on Monday evening after heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

Indonesia: At least 21 dead as flash floods leave trail of destruction02:08
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At least 21 died, two people went missing and hundreds were displaced on Wednesday amid flash floods that hit Indonesia's South Sulawesi province that were triggered by heavy rains on Monday.

On Wednesday, houses were seen being severely damaged and roads were covered in thick mud, as rescuers were looking for missing people in the Luwu Utara District, south of the island.

"Around 9.30 Monday night (13:30 GMT), there was huge amount of water flowing like tsunami, really hard and fast flow that destroyed everything that passed through, a house was split in two after hit with the flood. Many died from the flood and some are still being searched and rescued," said a local resident, before adding that "thousands of houses" were destroyed.

Officials said the flooding began on Monday evening after heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

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