Floods, Landslide in North Luwu Sweep Residential Buildings

Heavy rain that had fallen since Sunday (10/3/2021) night hit four districts in North Luwu, breaking Batusitanduk Dam and inundating residential buildings.

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Floods hit residential areas in a number of districts in North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi (ACTNews)

ACTNews, NORTH LUWU — Flash floods hit North Walenrang District, Lamasi District, East Walenrang District, and West Walenrang District in North Luwu Regency of South Sulawesi, Sunday (10/3/2021).

Heavy rain that had fallen since Sunday night caused the river in the area to overflow. The nearby Batusitanduk dam breached, causing water to inundate some houses along the banks of the river. The locals were forced to evacuate because the flood also carried mud, wood, and rocks.

"In the evacuation site, the evacuees need meal packages, clean water, baby supplies, and sleeping mats," said Suharni from ACT South Sulawesi Program Department, Monday (10/4/2021).

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) rescue team along with the joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team were able to reach isolated villages in North Walenrang District, and they managed to rescue the residents that were unable to get out.

In addition to flooding, West Walenrang District was also hit by a landslide. In Ilan Batu Village, a residential building was buried. To date, no casualty has been recorded.

Landslide hits Ilan Batu Village in West Walenrang of Luwu Regency, burying a road in the area. (ACTNews)

Headof the South Sulawesi Search and Rescue Agency Djunaidi, said Ilan Batu Village in West Walenrang District of Luwu Regency was the worst-affected area by flooding. In addition to flooding, the area was also hit by the landslide.

"Reports from the Luwu Disaster Mitigation Board mention that Ilan Batu Village in West Walenrang District was the area worst-affected by flooding," he said.