Tidal waves damage 214 houses in Selayar, S Sulawesi
February 20, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: Hightide

Tidal waves and strong wind hit Selayar District, South Sulawesi Province, damaging at least 214 houses on Friday.

The disaster forced hundreds of residents to fee their houses and evacuate to safer areas, Selayar’s social service head Nuryani Yusuf said.

Worst-hit subdistricts included Bonto Sikuyu where 106 houses were damaged, Benteng (52 houses), Pasi Masunggu Timur (32 houses), Pasi Masunggu (17 houses) and Bonto Manai (eight houses).

The tidal waves triggered flooding which inundated houses located along the coastal line, he said.

The tidal waves were the worst in the past 34 years, she said.

“Huge tidal waves once occurred in 1974 and now it happens again. Luckily it did not claim any lives,” she said.

The tidal waves are expected to continue until February 24, 2008, and might also affect villages in Takalar, Jeneponto, Bantaeng and Bulukumba District. (*)


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