10 killed, 46 missing as flashfloods hit central Indonesia

Kyodo News

Posted at Jul 15 2020 04:13 AM

At least 10 people were killed and 46 others went missing after flash floods hit central Indonesia late Monday, the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Tuesday.

In a press statement, the agency said the flash floods wreaked havoc in six districts in South Sulawesi Province's Luwu Regency around 7 p.m.

Video footage and some pictures of the disaster showing mud sweeping away houses, buildings and vehicles have spread on social media since early Tuesday.

Pieces of information on the flash floods, however, could only be obtained and confirmed in the afternoon as communications were cut and access to the affected areas for rescuers was blocked by mud.

The agency's spokesman Raditya Jati said the flash floods occurred following heavy rains, causing three rivers in the regency to overflow.

He said the flash floods also injured 10 residents, while at least 4,930 families were evacuated.