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Offbeat Indonesia: more than a hundred deaths after floods and landslides

20:45  05 april  2021
20:45  05 april  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Ces inondations ont également provoqué d'importants dégâts matériels sur l'île de Flores à l'est de Bali, le 4 avril 2021. © Reuters / Antara Foto These floods also provoked important material damage on the island of Flores east of Bali, the 4 April 2021.

According to the authorities, more than 110 people lost their lives in sudden floods caused by torrential rains in Indonesia and East Timor. The precipitation has always supported the game for rescuers who are trying to access isolated hamlets to make assistance to the victims.

The human balance continues to increase in Indonesia and East Timor , where more than 110 people have perished and dozens of others are always missing in floods and slips from Land, announced Monday, April 5, local officials.

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Sudden floods in the wake of torrential rains caused by the tropical cyclone Seroja sowed chaos in areas between Flores, Indonesia, and the East Timor, pushing thousands of people looking for a shelter in reception centers .

This flood broke water tanks and flooded thousands of homes, while rescuers were trying to assist victims.

At least 27 people have died in East Timor, according to a Timorese manager. Most deaths took place in Dili, the capital.

The European Union has been ready to offer its assistance to East Timor to deal with these "catastrophic floods" when the country "already works hard to counter Cvid-19".

In the east of the Indonesian island of Flores, many houses, roads and bridges were covered with mud, which complicated the task of the rescuers tempting to reach the most affected areas.

Floods, landslides, kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

  Floods, landslides, kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor Floods, landslides, kill dozens in Indonesia and East TimorJAKARTA (Reuters) -Flash floods unleashed by torrential rains killed 41 people on the Indonesian island of Flores on Sunday, the disaster management agency BNPB said, and at least three more were reported killed in neighbouring East Timor.

"The mud and weather is a big challenge, as well as the debris that pile up and make difficult research," said Raditya Djati, spokesperson for the Indonesian disaster management agency.

in Lembata, an island located mid-distance between Flores and Timor, road access were cut off, which forced the authorities to deploy construction machines to reopen access. Some villages located on heights have partly been taken away from the shoreline in landslides.

Deforestation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shared his "condolences." "I measure the immense sentence of our brothers and sisters after this catastrophe," he said in a speech to the nation.

Everywhere in the affected areas, inhabitants of panic rushed out on reception centers while others stayed close to what was left of their home.

"The evacuates are scattered everywhere, there are hundreds in all districts, but many people have also stayed at home," says Alfons Hada Bethan, head of the Eastern Florès Disaster Management Agency. "They need medicine, food, blankets".

The precipitation still supported also complicate the situation. "We think many people are always buried, but we do not know how much," he said.

Groundslides and sudden floods are frequent in the Indonesian archipelago, including the rainy season. But environmental advocates emphasize that deforestation promotes these disasters.

In January, 40 Indonesians had found death during floods that affected the city of Sumedang, in the west of Java.

The National Disaster Management Agency estimates that 125 million Indonesians, about half of the archipelago population live in areas at risk of landslides.

with AFP

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