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Indonesia: Floods in South Kalimantan kill 21

As many as 342,987 people affected, with 63,000 displaced, while 66,763 houses inundated

Nicky Aulia Widadio   | 20.01.2021
Indonesia: Floods in South Kalimantan kill 21 Photo by Indonesian Disaster Agency

JAKARTA 

At least 21 people died and 63,608 were displaced due to floods that inundated 11 regencies and cities in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province, an official said Wednesday. 

Military commander Brig. Gen. Firmansyah said the floods were caused by heavy rains which have battered the region since Jan. 12.

“As many as 342,987 people were affected and 66,763 houses inundated,” said Firmansyah at a virtual news conference.

The flood also inundated a number of public facilities including roads, 21 bridges, 110 houses of worship and 76 schools.

“Crop failures could be seen across more than 18,000 hectares of agricultural land in 11 districts or cities due to floods,” the military official added.

Previously, President Joko Widodo said the floods in South Kalimantan were the largest in the past 50 years.

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