Update 2019-01-23: According to current media reports, at least eight people were killed and thousands were forced to leave their homes due to the heavy rainfall. Overnight Wednesday (22/23 January, local time), the rains caused flooding in dozens of villages in nine southern districts and parts of the provincial capital of Makassar. According to disaster control, at least five people were killed in district of Jeneponto and at least three others were killed in Gowa District. At least four others are missing. According to the authorities, the number of missing persons may rise.
2019-01-23: Since Monday (21 January) there has been heavy rainfall on the island of Sulawesi. The district of Gowa in the province of South Sulawesi in the south of the country is particularly affected. The river Jeneberang overflowed its banks, causing landslides that killed several people. Multiple more are still missing. Hundreds of houses were destroyed or damaged by the floods. Several bridges were also destroyed.
Further floods, flash floods, and landslides are to be expected due to ongoing rainfalls. (Air) traffic disruptions are possible. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution near mountainsides and rivers.
dpa, The Watchers