One to two meter high flood waters have inundated a number of districts in Polewali Mandar and Majene regencies in West Sulawesi, affecting more than 1,000 households. The flood waters have isolated a number of villages as roads were submerged and a number of bridges were cut off; although no fatalities have been reported. All activities have been crippled as electricity was cut Saturday morning.
At least six districts in Polewali Mandar regency Wonomulyo, Mapilli, Luyo, Tinambung, Campalagian and Tutar have been hit by landslides. In Majene regency, Ulumanda, Malunda and Majene have been affected. Rusman, a resident in Polewali Manar, said waters began to rise on Friday morning following incessant rain which started on Thursday evening.
Today, the water level reaches more than one meter high, while in Tinambung, Tutar and Mapilli the flood reached two meters high, he said. The flood inundated residents houses even though they are built on stilts.
The heavy rain caused the Mapilli river to break its banks and breached the Sekka-sekka dam, causing the flooding.