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Floods inundate 35 villages in central Sulawesi, Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Aug 1, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Floods triggered by five days of incessant rain in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi plain of Toili merged thousands of houses in 35 villages in more than one-and-a-half-meter-deep waters on Wednesday.

By Wednesday evening, at least one person had been killed and four houses at Minahaki carried away by strong currents, the Antara News Agency reported.

Hundreds of residents have fled to safer areas as heavy rains showed no sign of abatement.

The floods also inundated thousands of hectares of farm land but there was no immediate report of material losses.

"I have instructed our personnel in Batui and Toili military resorts to be ready to evacuate residents in those areas where necessary as the heavy rains have yet to show signs of abatement,"Commander of the Banggai military district Agus Suchiarso was quoted by Antara as saying.

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