Four dead, three injured as flooding, landslide hit Sorong

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An injured flood victim is treated at Herlina Hospital, Sorong, West Papua, on July 17, 2020. (Antara Papua Barat/Ernes Kakisina)

GLOBALMEDIA.ID, Sorong, West Papua, 17/7 – A flood and landslide that struck Sorong, West Papua Province, on Thursday, claimed the lives of four people while caused injuries to three residents, according to the Sorong Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

Of the four dead victims, three were buried by the landslide, whereas one was electrocuted, Sorong BPBD Head Herlin Sasabone reported.

“The count of injured flood victims reaches three. The Sorong BPBD is still collecting data on the other likely injured people and the number of houses submerged by flooding and buried by the landslide,” Sasabone stated.

Flooding swamped several roads, especially in the Rawa Indah area, leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck in the area on early Friday. In the meantime, flash floods that struck parts of North Luwu District, South Sulawesi Province, claimed 24 lives and rendered 69 others missing.

“Rescue efforts today are centered on searching for the missing people. Based on the available data, 69 people are missing, while 24 people were found dead,” Head of North Luwu BPBD Muslim Muchtar noted in a press statement on Thursday.

The BPBD and Search and Rescue Office have deployed personnel to locate the missing residents, he revealed.

On Monday (July 13), floods struck the sub-districts of Masamba, Sabbang, Baebunta, South Baebunta, Malangke, and West Malangke in North Luwu.

The floods inundated 4,930 homes, swept away 10 houses, and damaged a bridge. As many as 213 houses, a military office, and roads were buried in sand and mud.

The flooding affected 4,202 families comprising 15,994 people and compelled 156 families of 655 people to flee to higher grounds.

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