Torrential rains sparked floods and landslides in the South Sulawesi province of Indonesia claiming at least 30 lives and forcing thousands others to flee their homes. More than two dozen people have been reported missing.
Adnan Purichta Ichsann, the chief of Gowa district near Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, said operators of the Bili Bili rock-fill embankment dam were forced to release water on Tuesday, which contributed to flooding but avoided a worse disaster.
South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Adbullah told local media that siltation of the dam and deforestation of the upstream watershed worsened the floods. One major highway has been blocked, prompting authorities to deliver aid via helicopter, according to media reports.