Indonesia rescue team hunts down 36 missings after floods

As dozens of people went missing after at least 36 people were killed on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, rescuers pulled the bodies out of the mud and debris on Friday.

More than 14,000 people displaced by the disaster have been sheltered in makeshift shelters in the severely damaged North Louvre Regency, with 66 still unaccounted for by the country's search and rescue agency.

Several rivers burst their banks on Monday due to torrential rains, causing deadly floods.

Authorities said Friday that at least 36 people had died in the disaster after more bodies were returned.

Citing new reports from relevant relatives, the number of missing has increased from a dozen to more than a dozen than ever before.

"The chances of finding them are very slim as we have been searching for four days now and this is a difficult situation in the area," Andy Mukti, North Lou's search and rescue team coordinator, told AFP.

"The ground is two meters (six feet) high."

He said the search would continue over the weekend as well.

Many thousands of homes, as well as government offices and public facilities, were covered in mud.

This week, desperate residents took utensils and pans and other items through their homes to makeshift shelters in flood-prone North Lou.

In January, record-breaking floods and landslides killed at least 70 people in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and the surrounding island of Java.

The Southeast Asian archipelago floods regularly during the monsoon season.

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