Floods linked to torrential rains have left the islands between Flores, Indonesia, and East Timor in mourning, leaving thousands displaced and dozens missing.
local officials said Monday, Floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor have killed more than 75 people and left dozens more missing.
Floods and flash floods caused by torrential rains have wreaked destruction in areas between Flores, Indonesia and East Timor, and thousands have been forced to take refuge in reception centers. The floods flooded reservoirs and flooded thousands of homes, while rescue workers struggled to help the victims.
Said MetroTV Raditya Djati, spokesperson for the Indonesian disaster management agency, 55 people have been dead, but the number is still high, especially since 42 people are still missing.
according to a Timorese official., At least 21 people have been killed in East Timor, in Dili, the capital. Most of the deaths took place.
To the east of the Indonesian island of Flores, many houses, roads and bridges were covered in mud, making it difficult for aid workers to reach the worst-affected areas. Raditya Djati said, Mud and weather are a big challenge, as is the debris that is piled up and making it difficult to find,” said Raditya Jajiti.
Need for medication
Head of the disaster management agency of Flores Oriental, Alfons Hada Bethan, said, Panicked residents, rushed to the reception centers while others stayed close to their homes. With hundreds of people in all districts, evacuators are scattered everywhere, but many are still at home.
he said They need medicine, food, blankets. Even heavy rains obscure the situation. It is thought that many people are still buried, but it is not identified how many people are there.
On an island halfway between Flores and Timor,
In Lembata, the road was cut off, forcing officials to use construction machinery to resume the roads.
Some high-altitude villages were partially removed away by the landslide to the coast. The footage shows residents walking barefoot, walking through mud to abandon casualties on temporary escalators.
Landslides and flash floods are prevalent on the Indonesian island, especially during the rainy season. But conservationists say deforestation supports the disaster. In January, in the town of Sumedang, in West Java, 40 Indonesians were killed in flash floods.
The National Disaster Management Agency predicts that 125 million Indonesians, or half of the island’s population, live in landslide-prone areas.