Tornado Victims in Wajo Direly Need Help

"What we need right now is tents and tarpaulins for shelter," said Head of BPBD Wajo Regency, South Sulawesi, Andi Muslihin.

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Tornado damages houses in Wajo Regency. (BPBD Wajo Regency)

ACTNews, WAJO -- Tornadoes damaged as many as 277 houses in three districts in Wajo Regency, South Sulawesi Province. Some affected areas: Mattirowalie Village and Kalola Village in Maniangpajo District, Ugi Village and Pallimae Village in Sabangparau District, Wiringpalennae Village in Tempe District.

“There are five houses heavily damaged, 60 moderately damaged, and 172 houses lightly damaged. This extreme weather phenomenon also caused one unit of a house of worship and two units of educational facilities to be severely damaged," said Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, in an official statement received on Thursday (10/28/2021).

He confirmed that there were no casualties. Tornado also affected 244 families or 909 people. Currently, tornado victims are in dire need of assistance such as food and tents for shelter.

"What we need right now is tents and tarpaulins for shelter," said Head of BPBD Wajo Regency, South Sulawesi, Andi Muslihin.

Based on the BMKG weather forecast for the South Sulawesi region on Wednesday (10/28/2021), there is still the potential for rain accompanied by lightning and strong winds in the western and northern coastal areas. Light rain is still potential until Thursday (10/29/2021).

InaRISK analysis shows that Wajo Regency has the potential for extreme weather risks with moderate to high categories. BNPB urges local stakeholders and the community to increase vigilance and preparedness in the face of potential hazards caused by weather factors.

This tornado is not the first time this has happened. Last September, a tornado also destroyed houses and other buildings in Wajo Regency. At that time, at least there were 47 badly damaged houses.[]