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Flash Flood Struck Sinjai and Bataeng in Indonesia, 280 dead and rising

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We have not even started to recover the devastation caused by the earthquake in Yogyakarta, on 21 June 2006, a flash flood struck the South Sulawesi province of Indonesia. This has washed away hundreds of houses and thousands of people are displaced. Until the afternoon, the death toll is up to 280 and rising because tens of people are still missing.

Heavy rains during the last 2 days causes a flash flood that struck houses. The victims were either swept away or buried under the debris of stricken buildings. The county of Sinjai is completely shut down, with a meter deep water in some places. People have gone to high places, but they are lack of clean water, food and shelters. Transportation links within the town and to and from other areas are also cut off. This is caused by either falling bridge or drown in a meter high water.

In Bataeng county, it has counted 4 bridges have fallen. About 618 acres (250 hectare) of newly planted rice fields are ruined. Schools are still shut down, just as shops and markets.

Other counties that are reported stricken by the flood are Gowa, Sidrap, and Selayar.

PortalInfaq representatives in Makassar, South Sulawesi has sent an emergency relief team to 2 counties: Sinjai and Bataeng, and will directly go to the refugee camps to send aids. In Makassar, PortalInfaq is also raising money to help the victims. PortalInfaq appeals for your zakah, infaq, or shadaqah to help our brothers and sisters in need through our bank account below:

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Muds and Chasms Faced The Aid Teams

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PortalInfaq South Sulawesi: Today (04/07/06) the Rapid Reaction Team from PortalInfaq, in cooperation with the Makassar Branch of the Red Crescent Indonesia, went to a landslide disaster location in Gantarang village. It comprises three hamlets, Bontolesa, Barue, and Mattirowalie. There are 1702 people of 322 families living in the Gantarang village. Because of the landslide disaster, there were 7 people dead, and 11  injured. The accounted material loss so far includes 19 houses ruined, 16 houses badly damaged, and 15 houses lightly damaged. There are 72 children under-5s that are in the risk of catching respiratory diseases and need medical aid.

Accompanied by drizzle, the team departed from the main base in Persatuan Raya road with 10 personels. It took 1-hour traveling on a fleet of ambulances to the mid base, and they have to continue traveling by foot  for another 2.5 km to get to the landslide location. It was a difficult terrain. The muds and the chasm across the road compelled the team to walk with extra care. The team also had to pass by landslide points to get to the location. Several times, the team had to go through up to 5 metre high mudslides with chasms on the other sides that slowed the team down..

They Still Need Us..

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"...And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patientin tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing. ". (Al-Baqarah:177)
Disaster after disaster struck Indonesia lately. Whatever and whenever disaster comes, it has to be dealt with with patience and wisdom. It is all that we can do, really. But when the facts in the field show us that there is so much devastation to bear, one cannot help but grieve. The PortalInfaq humanity and voluntary teams reported that there are still many untouched areas, which desparately need help. The lack of help has taken its toll. Two days ago, there was casualties just because of hunger, because they are locked in isolated area and has yet to be reached by search-and-rescue teams.

The situation in Sinjai, South Sulawesi, is vastly different from those of Yogyakarta, where recently struck by quakes. There is no more report in the media, while the number of casualties are continuously increasing, because there is lack of food, they are starting to suffer from diarrhea and other diseases.

PortalInfaq Rapid Reaction Teams in Sinjai

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The rapid reaction team of PortalInfaq South Sulawesi, cooperating with the Indonesian Red Crescent, is engaging another humanity action in two locations in East Sinjai district, which are Maccini village and Takkalala village. The landslide muds and fallen bridged has cut off the normal transportation links. It took almost 2 hours to get to these isolated areas through a circular and muddy route, before we got to a refugee camp in the Maccini village.

There are 300 families in this camp. As the village is situated in the river banks, up to 85% of the village has been destroyed. Houses were swept away; even coconut trees were fallen. We came across a family of six who survived but had to stay in a 1.5 x 1.5 m2 grain store, on a bed of hay, without front or back partitions.

Appeal For Flash Flood in Sinjai, South Sulawesi

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Portalinfaq-South Sulawesi : On Wednesday 22-06-2006 a team from PortalInfaq South Sulawesi has started the humanity action for our brothers and sisters in Sinjai county, which is about 220 km or 4 hours travel from Makassar (the capitol city of the South Sulawesi province). PortalInfaq South Sulawesi has departed 6 volunteers and necessary aids for the victims of the flash flood. A day before, an assessment team has also departed to conduct a survey and to collect data about the victims.

A base for the Humanity Action for the Flash Flood Disaster has been established. The voluntary team of PortalInfaq will run several programs, including providing health services and distributing foods and aids for the victims. According the survey in the affected areas, the victims need ready-to-serve food, as they no longer have cooking appliances, and clean water for both drink and sanitary purposes. People start to suffer from respiratory and skin diseases and diarrhea. The health services are also needed by the wounded victims.

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