At least 76 killed in Indonesia, E Timor floods, landslides
Al Jazeera, 05 Apr 2021
At least 76 people have died and dozens more were missing after Cyclone Seroja hit Indonesia and East Timor, triggering flash floods and landslides that uprooted trees, blocked roads and turned small communities into wastelands of mud.
Indonesia’s BNPB disaster agency, in a statement on Monday, said at least 55 people were dead and 40 were missing in the country’s East Nusa Tenggara province.
More than 400 people were evacuated and thousands more affected, it said.
Several bridges also collapsed and at least one ship sank in high waves triggered by the Cyclone, it added.
In East Timor, which shares the Timor island with Indonesia, 21 people were killed by landslides, flash floods and a falling tree, mostly in the capital Dili. More than 1,500 people were evacuated, Main Director of Civil Protection, Ismael da Costa Babo, told reporters.
In Indonesia’s remote East Flores municipality, mud washed over homes, bridges and roads, while strong waves prevented search teams from accessing the hardest-hit areas. On Lembata, an island east of Flores, parts of some villages were swept down a mountainside by torrents of mud and carried to the shore of the ocean.
Al Jazeera's Jessica Washington reports from Jakarta.
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