Floods, landslides kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

Floods, landslides kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

FLOODS. A house collapses after its foundations were washed away as the Comoro River is flooded in Dili, East Timor on April 4, 2021, in this still image obtained from a social media video.

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Social media posts show collapsed buildings and vehicles submerged by flash floods

Flash floods unleashed by torrential heavy rains early on Sunday, April 4, killed 23 people on Indonesia‘s island of Flores, injuring 9 while 5 went missing, as the tiny neighboring nation of East Timor reported 8 deaths.

At least 49 families were hit on Flores in the east of Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago, said Raditya Jati, a spokesman for disaster management agency BNPB.

“Dozens of houses were buried in mud in Lamanele village… residents’ houses (were) washed away by the flood,” Raditya said in a statement, referring to the eastern part of the island.

A bridge collapsed on the island of Adonara further east, where rescuers were battling heavy rain, strong wind and waves, he added.

In neighboring East Timor, 8 people were killed in a landslide on the outskirts of the capital, Dili, state news agency Tatoli said.

“We are currently focusing on elderly victims, children and pregnant women to be taken to a safe place,” it quoted Joaquim Gusmao, the state secretary for civil protection, as saying.

A two-year-old child was among the victims, a Reuters witness said. Civil protection officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Power supplies were cut and the presidential palace was flooded as heavy rain and strong winds have lashed Dili since late on Saturday.

Social media posts showed collapsed buildings and vehicles submerged by flash floods.

More bitter weather threatens.

Indonesia’s weather agency said a tropical cyclone nearing the Savu Straits, between the southern part of Nusa Tenggara province and East Timor’s north coast, could be packing yet more rain, waves, and winds. – Rappler.com