JAKARTA, Indonesia — The death toll from a flash flooding in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province climbed to 21 on Wednesday with two people still missing, an official said.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati said search and rescue operations were hampered by thick sand covering streets and homes, and the rain was continued to collapse.
Ten other people were hurt from the flood, which affected six subdistricts from the state, ” he explained. On Wednesday evening, 2,650 people were evacuated.
North Luwu district official Indah Putri Indriani stated the flood started Monday evening and has been triggered by heavy rains that caused three rivers.
Heavy rains create frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia, where millions of individuals reside in mountainous regions or around flood plains.