Reaching Gowa Hinterland to Evacuate Landslide Victims

Reaching Gowa Hinterland to Evacuate Landslide Victims

ACTNews, GOWA- The massive flood that has inundated South Sulawesi since Tuesday (1/22) is slowly receding. Although there are still several flooded locations, some of the victims decided to go back to their homes. They quickly came home to clean their belongings that get damaged or covered in mud after the floods caused by the overflowing of Bili-Bili Dam.

Not only floods, the heavy rains that fell on South Sulawesi had also caused landslides on many locations in South Sulawesi. One of the worst-hit areas was in Pattallikang Village in Manuju Sub-District, Gowa Regency. Pattiro Hamlet in Pattallikang Village was reportedly buried by the collapsing hill behind it.

One of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Emergency Response personnel, Miswar Arifin, reported that the hamlet is located quite far, about an hour drive from Gowa. “It is located in Sapaya, a remote area,” he said, Friday (1/25).

From the city of Makassar, the hamlet is about 52km away. The access to the hamlet was quite difficult due to damaged bridge. It can only be reached by trail bikes or on foot. “From Makassar, the damaged bridge is about 42km away. We still have to go for another 2km to reach the first of the total 13 landslide-hit locations,” he added.

Approximately 23 people were buried by the landslide. Eight bodies have been found while the other 15 are still missing. Material loss is estimated to reach hundreds of millions rupiah, including fourteen buried houses and four buried cars.

To this day (1/25), ACT Emergency Response teams along with the joint Search and Rescue team have been searching for missing victims. From morning to late afternoon, they are focusing on finding the casualties who were buried beneath the landslide. []

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