More than 11,000 Indonesians have fled their homes because of floods caused by torrential rain in Gorontalo city on Sulawesi island, a top health ministry official said. About 80 per cent of Gorontalo city and Bone Bolango regency are paralysed because of the flood, Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry's crisis centre, said.
He said businesses had closed because of the floods and parts of the city were hit by blackouts. The evacuees were being housed in 73 shelters and medical teams had been sent to the affected areas, Mr Pakaya said.
Floods and landslides are common occurences during Indonesia's rainy season.