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22 April 2024

Flooding, landslide kill 6 in western Indonesia

Residents ride a makeshift raft as they evacuate their flooded homes in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP)


An Indonesian official says torrential rains that caused flooding and a landslide killed 6 people and displaced hundreds in the western district of Gowa.

The chief of Gowa district in South Sumatra said Wednesday that the dead included two infants who drowned and a man who was electrocuted.

Adnan Purichta Ichsann said rescuers are still evacuating residents to shelters at a government office and mosques after the floods that happened late Tuesday.

Deadly landslides and floods are a frequent occurrence during seasonal rains in Indonesia.