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Indonesian rescuers hunt for dozens missing after floods kill 36

(Dozens of people are still missing after flash floods hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. Photo: AFP)

MAKASSAR, Indonesia, (AFP):- Rescuers pulled bodies from under mud and debris Friday as they raced to find dozens still missing after flash floods killed at least 36 people on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

More than 14,000 people left homeless by the disaster have taken refuge at temporary shelters in hard-hit North Luwu regency, with the country’s search and rescue agency hunting for 66 people still unaccounted for.

Several rivers burst their banks after torrential rains pounded the region Monday, sparking the deadly flash floods.

On Friday, officials said at least 36 people had died in the disaster, following the retrieval of more bodies.

They also raised previous missing victim figures from a dozen to more than 60, citing new reports from concerned relatives.

“The chances of finding them alive are slim as we’ve been searching for four days now and it’s a difficult situation in the field,” Andi Mukti, coordinator of North Luwu’s search-and-rescue team, told AFP.

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