17 districts, cities in South Sulawesi brace for floods

Makassar, S Sulawesi – A flood alert has been sounded in 17 out of 24 districts and cities in South Sulawesi province amidst forecasts of heavy rains up until Tuesday this week.

The Meteorology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Office in Makassar on Monday released a notice on potential heavy rains, which may cause floods in South Sulawesi. The notice will stand for 2 days till 7 p.m. regional time Tuesday.

The districts and cities for which the alert has been sounded are Luwu, Palopo, Tana Toraja, Toraja Utara, Barru, Soppeng, Sidenreng, Wajo, Jeneponto, Gowa, Maros, and the two cities of Parepare and Makassar.

7 other districts have actually been put on alert in anticipation of heavy rains.

In response to the weather forecast, port authorities in the province have asked anglers to look up the weather upgrade before venturing into the sea. The caution is important for the safety of fishermen as waves are anticipated to reach heights of 1.5-2.5 meters due to heavy rains, authorities said.

South Sulawesi Governor HM Nurdin Abdullah has actually asked all agencies, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), to remain on alert for floods


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