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new year disaster: south sulawesi floods

Worst phenomenon happened in the mid January 2019. Flood hit some regions in South Sulawesi - including Jeneponto, Gowa and Maros district, and Makassar city.

This was the worst disaster over the last few years. In this disaster, thousands displaced, and many people were killed. The flood came suddenly since the door of the Bili-bili dam was opened. The dam was inadequate to accommodate water came from 2-day rainfall.

Bili-bili Dam

Bili-bili dam is located in Bontomarannu, Gowa district - about 30 kms away from Makassar. The dam accommodates several functions such as to prevent flooding. Its height is 73 meters with 750 long. Unfortunately, the dam could not accommodate the high intensity of rain in January 2019.

This dam was constructed between 1986 to 1988. The catchment area is 384.40 km2 with a storage capacity of 375 million cubic meters and effective storage capacity of 346 million cubic meters.

In weekend, Bili-bili dam becomes one of the best place to visit. You will see many locals as well as foreigners come to this place since it looks so natural and hosts beautiful view. At the edge of this reservoir are many eateries. They sell variety of foods with fish-based ingredients.

Flooding Effects

In some videos that are viral, they show the water level that reaches the chest of adult. Thousands people need to be evacuated. Fortunately, the local search and rescue team (Badan SAR) and national army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia) work well together so that thousands lives can be saved. Responding to this disaster, the government, through Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana) poured funds in amount of 1.1 billion.

In January 25th, rain intensity is still high. However, the water level has been gradually decreased. It is predicted that in February, South Sulawesi has totally recovered from flood and is ready to welcome and to serve tourists as usual.

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