Tens of thousands evacuated amid Indonesia floods

Tens of thousands evacuated amid Indonesia floods

Indonesia Floods
Rescuers assist an elderly man to climb into their boat at a flooded village in Banjar, South Kalimantan on Borneo Island, Indonesia, in this Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 photo. Many thousands of people have been evacuated and a number have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said on Sunday. (Photo: AP/Putra)

JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and more than a dozen have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said on Sunday (Jan 17).

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said floods brought by intense rains caused floodwaters as high as 3m.

As of Sunday, 39,549 people had been evacuated and at least 15 had been killed due to floods that affected 10 districts and cities in South Kalimantan province on Borneo island.

Indonesia Floods
People talk outside their homes at a neighborhood affected by flood in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan on Borneo Island, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan 17, 2021. Many thousands of people have been evacuated and a number have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday. (Photo: AP/Iman Satria)

Separately, five people were killed and 500 others were evacuated after floods and landslides in Manado city in North Sulawesi province on Saturday. One other person was missing.

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Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.

Source: AP/ac

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