Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee due to floods that affected several areas on the island of Sulawesi.
According to the information published by the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), the floods occurred due to the large amount of rainfall that has fallen since the beginning of June 2019.
As of Monday, June 9, 2019, the BNPB registered floods in the northern district of Konawe, in the southeastern Sulawesi province, with a total of 1,091 families or 4,198 displaced persons.
While the floods in the Konawe district forced 36 people to be displaced, there were 240, in total, those affected. The local regent established an emergency response status from June 5 to June 11, 2019.
Meanwhile, floods in the province of South Sulawesi caused 1,452 families to be affected, 200 submerged housing units and 3,676 hectares of rice paddies in 15 villages were damaged.
In the province of Central Sulawesi, floods caused the displacement of 561 families in the villages of Lele and Dampala. A total of 7 housing units suffered serious damage, 46 houses were submerged and a bridge broke.
The head of the BNPB Data, Information and Public Relations Center, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, revealed in his statement that the high intensity of the rains that brought the flooding was caused by the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) atmospheric wave phenomenon that enters in the Indian Ocean region.
Previously, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had predicted the potential for heavy rains in several regions, including Sulawesi, from June 1 to 5, 2019.