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Houses destroyed, roads damaged in Indonesian floods, landslides; at least 14 dead – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At least 14 people died due to landslides and flooding that occurred on Saturday in central Indonesia, according to the country’s disaster agency.
The disaster resulted in the destruction of numerous houses and caused significant damage to roads. The agency reported that over 100 houses suffered severe damage, and 42 were completely swept away.Additionally, four roads and one bridge were damaged in the disaster.
The landslides occurred in Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, just after 1.00 am local time on Friday, as stated by Abdul Muhari, the spokesperson for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB). “A total of 14 residents died due to floods and landslides in Luwu regency, South Sulawesi province,” he said.
More than 100 people have been evacuated to mosques or the homes of their relatives, and the authorities are working to evacuate more than 1,300 affected families.
In a separate incident in South Sulawesi province, at least one person died, and two others were injured in floods on Friday, according to another statement by Indonesia disater agency spokesperson Muhari.
Indonesia frequently experiences landslides during the rainy season, and the situation is exacerbated in certain areas by deforestation. Prolonged heavy rainfall also leads to flooding in various parts of the archipelago nation.
The country has been grappling with a series of extreme weather events during its rainy season, which experts attribute to the increasing likelihood of such occurrences due to climate change.
In March, flash floods and landslides on Sumatra island claimed the lives of at least 30 people, with many still missing. In December, a landslide and flooding near Lake Toba on Sumatra destroyed a hotel and swept away dozens of houses, resulting in at least two fatalities.
(With AFP inputs)



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