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Indonesia flash floods death toll rises to 36 with 66 people now missing

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Heavy rains cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia (AP)

Heavy rains cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia (AP)

Heavy rains cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia (AP)

The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province rose to 36 on Friday, with the number of people reported missing increasing to 66, officials said.

National Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said four more people have been confirmed dead, bringing the total to 36.

The chief of the North Luwu district Disaster Mitigation Agency, Muslim Muchsin, said more villagers have reported missing relatives.

"The data is still fluctuating," he said.

"As of Friday, there are 66 people reported as missing."

A total of 14,483 people are staying in 76 evacuation centres in Masamba, Baebunta and Sabbang subdistricts.

North Luwu district official Indah Putri Indriani said the flooding began on Monday evening and was triggered by heavy rains that caused three rivers to overflow.

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