Offbeat Horror in Indonesia: "Suddenly, we heard people screaming + flood! +"
'Suddenly we heard people scream: Flood!' - Horror in Indonesia
Homeless, injured, and with his daughter dead, Sugeng stares blankly as he comes to grips with the devastation left by floods and landslides on Indonesia's Adonara island. The 60-year-old was asleep with his family on Sunday night as torrential rain battered the community at the eastern end of the vast archipelago nation. In seconds, their lives changed forever. "Suddenly we heard people scream 'flood!'" said Sugeng, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.He and his wife fled their home, but their 20-year-old daughter Indri did not make it out alive and her body was later found on a beach.
shocked, Sugen has the Empty gaze by realizing the devastation created by floods on the island of Adonara, Indonesia. Now without shelter, wounded, he lost his daughter in the catastrophe.
As the rest of his family, this 60-year-old man slept Sunday night when a torrential rain fell on the eastern end of the vast Indonesian archipelago.
In a few seconds, their life has changed forever. "Suddenly, we heard people screaming + flood! +", Says Sugeng, who as many Indonesians has only one name.
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He and his wife managed to flee from their house, but not their 20 year old daughter. His body was later found on a beach.
"She was trying to restrain with a closet but the current was so strong that she lost take," remembers his father. "We buried my daughter yesterday (...) I'm annihilated".
The island of Adonara, where some 125,000 people live, is part of the areas most affected by floods and landslides that have made more than 150 deaths in Indonesia and neighboring oriental timor.
The disaster was triggered by the diluvian rains and the strong wind caused by Seroja, one of the most destructive cyclones For years in the region, who has been on a whole series of islands in Southeast Asia.
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The distant Adonara, with its beaches and its volcano, is accessible only by boat and does not have a hospital.
More than 50 of its inhabitants perished and a dozen were still missing Wednesday.
- "A deafening noise" -
The Indonesian authorities have indicated that they were trying to evacuate the helicopter wounded to a city with a hospital and to provide shelter with those left without the catastrophe.
Among the evacuates Figure Elisabet Lena Huki, 61 years, refugee in a building of the local government with her husband, her parents, her children and her grandchildren.
She came back from the Easter Mass - the island is predominantly Catholic - when the tragedy struck.
"We had been hurried from returning from the church because of my elderly parents," she says. "Suddenly, I heard a deafening noise (...) and I shouted at my husband, who slept, that there was a flood".
The chaos was unleashed, the neighbors screamed with fear, while Ms. Huki's family frantically sought, in his housing full of water, his nephew Yeremias.
"He did not reappear," she sobbed thinking about this 33-year-old man she considers a son. "I want him to be found, even if it's only his body (...) so we can bury him and visit his grave. It's my only wish now".
no longer possessing the clothes they wear, family members must think of their survival for the coming weeks.
"I need diapers for my elderly parents, but the shops are closed," she worries.
"We are all exhausted, stunned. I do not think about money or business for the moment, I just want my family to have a shelter".
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