Death toll in Indonesia flash floods rises to 32; 16 missing


Death toll in Indonesia flash floods rises to 32; 16 missing
This aerial photo taken using a drone shows an area affected by flash floods in Luwu Utara, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. A number of people were killed and missing after heavy rains in South Sulawesi province swelled rivers and sent flood waters, mud and debris across roads and into thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Khaizuran Muchtamir)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province rose to 32 on Thursday with 16 people still missing, officials said.

National Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said rain continued to fall as hundreds of rescuers searched Thursday for the missing villagers. The floods began Saturday evening when heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow.

The six subdistricts affected by the floods are far from the provincial capital, Makassar, and rescuers were hampered by thick mud covering the roads that made the areas difficult to reach.

“It is difficult to pass through the areas. We are also having communication difficulties,” Latid said.

Heavy rains cause frequent flash floods and landslides in Indonesia, where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near flood plains.

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