Flash floods hit Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi, killing 3

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – Three people were killed and four others went missing as flash floods struck Indonesia’s province of Central Sulawesi, and a search operation for the missing is underway, a senior local disaster agency officer said on Friday (July 29).

Heavy downpours triggered the natural disaster that submerged all the houses in the Torue village of the Parigi Moutong district, said Mr Idran MT Lopi, head of the operational unit of the district’s disaster management agency.

“The water suddenly came and submerged all houses and buildings in our village last night (Thursday night),” he said.

“Three people were killed and four others remained missing. Search and rescue office’s personnel are looking for the missing people now,” he told Xinhua by phone.

Villagers moved to higher grounds as the water submerged their houses by about one metre high, said Mr Idran, adding that evacuation and logistics centres have been set up.

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