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Floods, landslides, kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

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At the least 49 households had been hit on Flores, within the east of Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago, Raditya Jati, a BNPB spokesman mentioned in a press release.

“Dozens of homes had been buried in mud in Lamanele village… residents’ homes washed away by the flood,” Raditya mentioned, referring to the japanese a part of Flores.

On Adonara island to the east of Flores, a bridge collapsed and rescuers had been battling heavy rain, sturdy wind and waves, he added.

Residents inspect the damage at a village hit by flash floods in East Flores, Indonesia
In neighbouring East Timor, a two-year-old little one was amongst not less than three folks killed in a landslide on the outskirts of the capital, Dili, a Reuters witness mentioned, though there was no official toll of casualties or deaths.

“Heavy rains and overflowing water have drowned folks’s houses and have additionally claimed the lives of a number of victims,” East Timor deputy prime minister José Reis mentioned in a press release.

“There are roads which have collapsed, bushes have fallen, and made it tough to entry some areas,” he mentioned, calling the incident the worst in East Timor in 40 years.

Debris left behind in the town of Adonara in East Flores

Energy provides had been minimize and the presidential palace was flooded as heavy rain and robust winds have lashed Dili since late on Saturday.

Civil safety officers in East Timor couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Social media posts confirmed collapsed buildings and automobiles submerged by flash floods.

Indonesia’s climate company mentioned a tropical cyclone was approaching the Savu Straits between the southern a part of Nusa Tenggara province and East Timor’s north coast, warning that it might deliver but extra rain, waves and winds.

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