Parigi Moutong Flood Victims Still Need Emergency Aid

Floods hit Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi on Saturday (7/11). Until Monday (7/13), many residents have evacuated to their relatives. They are still in need of aid. ACT South Sulawesi delivered emergency aid to them on Monday.

One of the houses in Parigi Moutong Regency affected by the flood. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PARIGI MOUTONG – Heavy rain frequently hit Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi. As a result, many houses in Boyantongo Village, South Parigi Subdistrict, were hit by flood last Saturday (7/11).

"Based on the assessments performed by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Central Sulawesi volunteers on the field, six houses were washed away while 12 other houses are on the verge of collapse if a subsequent flood occurs," said Wandi from the MRI Central Sulawesi.

As many as 30 families with a total of 77 people were forced to flee to the homes of their relatives. He added that the locals are in need of emergency aid because they couldn’t salvage any of their belongings.

To meet the needs of the locals in this emergency situation, MRI and ACT distributed dozens of food packages to the flood victims on Monday (7/13).

ACT volunteers and local residents collecting aid packages for distribution. (ACTNews)

"At the moment, we are carrying dozens of food packages for the victims. Hopefully, with the help from these generous donors, their burden can be eased," said Wandi.

Wandi explained, ACT Central Sulawesi Emergency Response Team had sent its volunteers since the flood first happened. They helped the locals evacuate and perform assessments of the flood victims’ needs. "We hope that they (the victims) can endure this disaster," he hoped.

Idrus, one of the residents, was grateful for the assistance. He said that, besides clothing, he also needed kitchen utensils for cooking. "I will accept whatever the donors give me because I am in dire need of assistance,” he said.

Wandi invited the benefactors to keep assisting the flood victims in Parigi Moutong to meet the needs of the flood victims.

"Because the flood victims are still in need of various kinds of aid, we hope that the benefactors can support us to continue helping them. Hopefully, with the help of generous benefactors, they can get through this disaster," concluded Wandi. []