Makassar: Death toll from a flash flood inundating certain parts of North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province, touched 16, of which 12 were identified, Makassar-based Search and Rescue Agency Head Mustari confirmed on Wednesday.
"Identification of four other bodies is still underway, while 10 injured survivors are being hospitalized at the Andi Djemma Public Hospital in Masamba," he informed local journalists.
Local rescue workers continue their search efforts to locate 23 residents, who reportedly went missing owing to the disaster, he stated.
"Today, we continue our search efforts by coordinating with a joint team of rescuers from the local disaster mitigation agency," Mustari remarked, adding that several households in the areas of Masamba, Sabbang, Baebunta, Baebunta Selatan, Malangke, and Malangke Barat bore the brunt of the flash flood.
The flash flood, triggered by torrential rains on Monday evening that caused the rivers of Masamba, Rongkang and Radda to overflow, also caused the forced displacement of 655 people from 156 households, according to the North Luwu Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Over the past two weeks, flash floods affected several areas in Indonesia. (antara)