Indonesia’s flood, landslide claim 68 lives

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Locals look into a damaged bridge after floods hit Manuju in Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, January 23, 2019. REUTERS

JAKARTA (NNN- Antara) – The death toll from floods, landslides and whirlwind, in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, jumped to 68 yesterday, with 47 others sustaining injuries, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said.

Some 6,700 people in 14 districts have been evacuated and are now living in shelters, schools, tents or mosques.

The number of the evacuees has doubled from Friday after the disaster mitigation officials managed to get access to previously isolated districts and update the figures.

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Gowa district was the worst hit with at least 45 people found dead.

Local government has set up public kitchens and emergency medical clinics for the displaced people and aid has started pouring in.

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