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When Flash Floods Take Lives

Mud, scattered tree trunks and piles of various materials brought by the floods about four months ago can be seen on both sides of the Radda, Rongkong and Masamba rivers in North Luwu.

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Dozens of houses in Radda Village, Baebunta District, North Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi, Wednesday (11/11/2020) were abandoned by their residents. This village experienced flash floods on Monday (13/7/2020). The flood was caused by the overflow of three large rivers, namely the Radda River, Masamba River and Rongkong River.

On Thursday (12/11/2020) afternoon, Udin Battangan, 77, visited his house in Radda village, Baebunta district, North Luwu, South Sulawesi. Alone, he then cleaned his house of the trash littering it inside. Unfortunately, he can no longer live there as it had been hit by flash floods in July.

Udin\'s house was one of thousands of houses affected by flash floods in the district, which is about 450 kilometers north of Makassar. The house he had lived in for almost 10 years and is located more than 100 meters from the Radda River, is now buried in dry mud 2 m deep.

Syahnan Rangkuti
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