Floods in North Sulawesi kill 5, displace over 30,000

Published on : Monday, January 27, 2014

flash-floodAt least five people were killed, 26 people went missing in shipwreck and landslides triggered by flash floods in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Floods in Central Java forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate and take shelters, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster agency, told Xinhua over phone Saturday evening.

A few days back, the chief of the Indonesian Farmers and Fishermen Association (KTNA), Winarno Thohir, had warned that floods that stuck several parts of Indonesia in recent days might threaten domestic food supplies.

Winarno estimated that 250,000 hectares of paddy fields nationwide were inundated during recent floods.

The floods which struck early this year were larger than those in previous years, he noted.

In the past, widespread flooding struck East Java. In 2014, several parts of Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra were flooded, Winarno said.


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