In Sulawesi island (Source: AFP)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – At least 68 people were killed by floods and landslides in recent days in Indonesia's Sulawesi island, according to the Indonesian authority.

The natural disasters injured dozens of people and forced nearly 7,000 local residents to flee their homes to a safe place.

A total of 47 people sustained injury after floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the island, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding the floods submerged more than 5,000 houses, and destroyed tens of bridges, school and worshiping places along with hundreds of hectares of rice.

The rescue force is searching for seven missing people, Nugroho said.

According to the official, foods, medical services, sanitation facilities and others are among the dire needs of the affected people, particularly those in evacuation centres.

Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April.
 
Flash flood and landslide in some areas on Sumatra island killed 22 people in last October. - VNA