Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Central Sulawesi

Heavy rainfall hit parts of the island of Sulawesi on 15 October, 2020, causing floods in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. Over 5,000 people have been affected and hundreds of homes damaged.

Floods in Toli Toli Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 15 October 2020. Photo: BPBD Toli Toli

Floods struck in Donggala Regency in Central Sulawesi Province on 15 October after a period of heavy rain caused the Powelua river to break its banks. Around 5,000 residents were affected and 995 houses damaged, with flood waters said to be around 1.5 metres deeps in some areas.

Flash floods struck on the same day in Toli-Toli Regency, Central Sulawesi Province, forcing 1,750 people from 350 families to evacuate their homes.

Further heavy rainfall is expected over the coming days. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued severe weather warnings for Central Sulawesi, with the potential for heavy rain, lightning and strong winds until 17 October.