Over 170 Animals Killed in Banggai Flash Flood

Due to the flashfloods that happened suddenly, the residents of Dondo Village in Banggai Regency had no time to save their belongings, including their livestock. A total of 178 animals died because they were trapped in cages and carried away by floodwaters.

A cow in Dondo Village died during the flash floods that hit Dondo Village. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANGGAI – Flash floods that hit Banggai Regency, Central Sulawesi in the early day of Wednesday (3/9/2022) had left many of the locals’ livestock and belongings washed away. Fahri Syahadah from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Branch in Luwuk Banggai reported that the locals who were sleeping suddenly woke up and panicked.

Unfortunately, they did not have enough time to save anything, including their livestock. A total of 178 livestock died because they were trapped in cages and carried away by floodwaters.

"Five heads of cattle, five goats, twenty pigs, and 150 chickens were killed," he said, Saturday (3/12/2022).

As of Friday (3/11/2022), it was reported that 32 houses were damaged, with 8 houses suffering from heavy damages, 7 units suffering from moderate damages, and 17 units suffering from minor damages.

“The residents whose houses were heavily damaged and cannot be occupied fled to their relatives or neighbors' houses. There are also those who set up tents from tarpaulins. Now, the flood has receded," he explained.

Fahri continued, the ACT Emergency Response team has gone to Dondo Village, South Balantak District, Banggai Regency to distribute emergency assistance. A total of 63 food packages were distributed to residents whose houses were damaged.

“The food package assistance contains bottled mineral water, instant food, sugar, cooking oil, rice, bread, tea, and coffee. We also distributed clothing and blankets," he said.

The Indonesian Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted light to moderate rain to fall on the Banggai Regency until Sunday (3/13/2022). Communities in the area around the river are asked to remain alert to the subsequent flooding. []

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