Indonesia: Flash Floods and Landslides in South Sulawesi Province OCHA Situation Report No. 6

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0118

OCHA Situation Report No. 6
INDONESIA - Flash Floods and Landslides in South Sulawesi,
Gorontalo and South Kalimantan Provinces

This report is based on information received from the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator's Office in Jakarta.



1. Torrential rains lasting a three-day period starting Monday 18 June triggered flash floods in South Sulawesi Province. The Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) in South Sulawesi reported (20 June) that flash floods with a height ranging between one and two meters hit eight districts (Sinjai, Jeneponto, Bulukumba, Bantaeng, Luwu Utara, Bone, Gowa, and Sidrap) midnight Monday. Two districts, Gowa and Sidrap were also hit by landslides. The worst affected area is Sinjai District. Little is known about the condition of the survivors in the mountains as mudslides had blocked road access to the region. The floods and landslides have damaged hundreds of houses, inundated rice fields and caused fishponds to overflow.

2. According to SATKORLAK South Sulawesi the rain has started again in Sinjai District. The renewed danger of landslides are keeping displaced persons at evacuation sites particularly in Patongko sub-district where roughly 2,000 IDPs are scattered in tents, schools, mosques, houses of government officials, and command posts. The number of IDPs stands at 8,236.

3. SATKORLAK PB South Sulawesi reports that the local government is considering the permanent relocation of IDPs from the most seriously affected areas such as Sinjai Tengah. These areas have been classified as vulnerable and a number of villages there have become inhabitable.

4. The Office of Public Works supported by PMI, military, and police continue to carry out search and rescue for the remaining missing persons.


5. SATKORLAK PB Gorontalo reports that the rain has stopped completely and floodwaters are receding in all affected areas. All the displaced persons have returned to their homes.


6. The Health Office reports that the number of IDPs has decreased to roughly 40,000 as floodwaters are receding in some affected areas, and people are returning home.

7. SATKORLAK PB South Kalimantan reports that three bridges have been cut off.

8. The local media reports that thousands of IDPs in Banjar and Tanah Bumbu districts are facing a food shortage. Ten tons of food is needed per day for IDPs. It is estimated that the floodwaters have damaged 20,688 hectares of agricultural areas.

9. The Ministry of Social Affairs reports that the Provincial Office of Social Affairs has a sufficient supply of food. However poor road access is hampering distribution of emergency relief to isolated villages.



10. The local government is in the process of finding new sites for the permanent relocation of IDPs.

11. PMI South Sulawesi has been distributing food and non-food items for 1,315 households. Three units field kitchen have been built and are operating in Sinjai.

12. IFRC/PMI South Sulawesi, has provided 20 units water tanks of 2,000 litres capacity, one unit of 100 litre capacity, and two units of 500 litre capacity. Six water pumps and two generators have also been provided. Two trucks with four water tanks are being operated for mobile clean water provision. Eight public latrines were built in Sinjai Selatan (two units) and Sinjai Tengah (six units).


10. The local government started a damage assessment survey in affected areas, particularly with regards to homes. They plan to provide compensation for residents with damaged houses.


11. IDPs were evacuated using rubber boats provided by search and rescues teams and traditional boats (jukung) of the community. In Banjar District, IDPs are staying at five locations in the mosques, schools, fields at higher ground level with public kitchen facilities.

12. SATKORLAK PB South Kalimantan (contact person: Hadi, 0811-503-252) has distributed three tons rice, 100 boxes of instant noodles, 20 boxes of cooking oil, 20 boxes of ketchup and 20 boxes of tinned sardines in addition to 50 tons of rice. Helicopters and land transportation are being used for food distribution.

13. The SATKORLAK PB evacuation team consists of SAR, Navy, Air Force, Kesbanglinmas (Community Protection Unit), TAGANA (Field Emergency Team), and Fire Brigade. The team is using rubber boats to reach affected areas.

14. Medical teams from the Health Office provide health services at the community health centres and evacuation sites.

15. Teams from the Office of Social Affairs provide field kitchens in Satui and Sungai Loban sub-districts.


16. The UN RC/HC Office in Jakarta will continue to keep in close contact with pertinent government and non-government institutions, as well as the Indonesian Red Cross to monitor the situation in South Sulawesi, Gorontalo and South Kalimantan Provinces.



17. SATKORLAK PB says that supplies of fresh food such as vegetables, fresh and dried fish are needed.


18. SATKORLAK PB South Kalimantan says heavy equipment to clean the debris and open the road access is needed to ensure distribution of food supplies. Operational funds to are needed carry out this work.

19. The Provincial Health says tents, folding beds, and stretchers are needed.

Tel.: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 0023

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officer:
Mr. Guido Galli - direct Tel. +41-22-917 3171
Ms. Magalie Salazar - direct Tel. +41-22-917 1669

Press contact:
(in GVA) Ms. Elizabeth. Byrs - direct Tel. +41-22-917 2653
Ms. Stephanie Bunker - direct Tel. + 1-917 367 5126

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