Death Toll of South Sulawesi Floods Reaches 68 People

Jakarta, MINA – Indonesia National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded dead victims of South Sulawesi Floods reached 68 People.

Data of BNPB said the process of evacuation still ongoing. There are seven people are missing, 47 people are injured, and 6,757 people are displaced.

“Even though the floods have been receded, the thousands of residents still want to stay at refugee camps because their houses are damaged and environment full of mud,” said Director of BNPB’s Public Relations, Sutopo Purwo Nogroho.

He said as 188 villages are affected by disasters spread over 13 districts namely Jeneponto, Maros, Gowa, Makassar City, Soppeng, Wajo, Barru, Pangkep, Sidrap, Bantaeng, Takalar, Selayar, and Sinjai.

There are also 550 unit houses, 34 bridges, two markets, 12 units of worship facilities, eight government facilities, and 65 school units are damaged.

“The most of areas affected by floods and landslides are Gowa Regency, Makassar City, Jeneponto, Marros and Wajo,” said Sutopo.

Sutopo added that the searching for seven missing people is still carried out by the joint SAR team. BNPB continue to assist BPBD in handling emergencies.

“Emergency teams are still carrying out in Sapaya Village, Bontomanai Village, Mangempang Village, and Buakang Village in Bungaya Sub-District, Gowa Regency,” he said.

Meanwhile, the priority of handling at this time is cleaning up mud and material that covering roads, environment and houses.

“The mud material inside the house has a thickness of 50 centimeters and the condition is hard, so that it is difficult to clean, therefore heavy equipment is deployed to clean the mud material,” he said.

Sutopo added that the urgent needs for victims are food, blankets, mattresses, medical services, MCK and sanitation, volunteers to clean mud, household appliances to clean mud, trauma healing, and others. (T/Sj/P2)

 Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)