Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sulawesi Floods and Landslides

At least five people died after flash floods swept through areas of Manado City in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 27 January 2023.

Flood damage in Bunaken District, Manado City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, January 2023 – BNPB

Disaster authorities in the country reported heavy rain and the overflow of the Tondano watershed inundated around 400 homes. Flood waters were up to 3 metres deep in some areas. A total of 1,021 people were displaced in the districts of Tikala, Paal 2, Tuminting, Singkil and Wanang. One person died in the floods and a bridge was severely damaged.

Furthermore heavy rain in the area caused multiple landslides in the area, severely damaging over 50 houses and public buildings. Disaster authorities reported 4 people lost their lives as a result.

The Manado City Government has declared an emergency status.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika Indonesia – BMKG) reported Sam Ratulangi International Airport, located 13 km northeast of Manado recorded 238 mm of rain in 24 hours to 27 January and 216.7 mm in the following 24 hour period.

Six people died after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Manado City on 16 January 2021.

Two people died and at least 155 households were affected by floods and landslides in the city in March 2022.

Rainfall in Indonesia, 27 January 2023. Image: BMKG
Rainfall in Indonesia, 28 January 2023. Image: BMKG