15,000 Evacuated, 1 Missing After Sulawesi Floods, Indonesia

In a statement made by the Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) earlier today, severe flooding in Banggai, Central Sulawesi province has forced over 15,000 people from their homes, seeking temporary accommodation in safer areas. Many of them are now living in tents in relief camps provided by Banggai Regency.

The worst of the flooding is in the Toili and West Toili areas of Banggai, where at least 16 villages have been inundated. Flood water is reported to be over 1 metre in some of the villages. Some parts of Palu City have also been affected.

Over 4,500 hectares of rice field have been damaged by the floods. One person is still missing after being swept away by floodwaters. Police and emergency personnel are carrying out searches for the individual.

The floods struck on Sunday 10 August 2014 after several days of torrential rain. According to WMO, 60 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 10 and 11 august 2014.

Heavy rainfall has been seen across Indonesia over the last 48 hours, increasing the possiblity of seeing flooding elsewhere, particularly in West Sumatra.

Rainfall in Indonesia in 24 hours between 10 and 11 August 2014:
  • Padang, West Sumatra province – 141 mm
  • Pangkal Pinang, province of Kepulauan Bangka Belitung – 52 mm
  • Pontianak, West Kalimantan – 70 mm
  • Biak island – 69 mm