Indonesia, East Timor flood death toll surges past 150

Cyclone Seroja Causes Landslides, Flooding In Indonesia and East Timor (PHOTOS)

In this image made from video, soldiers and police officers assist residents to cross a flooded road in Malaka Tengah, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, Monday, April 5, 2021. Multiple disasters caused by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have left dozens of people dead and missing and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster relief agency said Monday. (AP Photo)

Tropical Cyclone Seroja has already left dozens of people dead, as torrential rains caused landslides and flooding in Indonesia and neighbouring East Timor.

At least 70 people were killed in Indonesia and 21 died in East Timor over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. Dozens of others are missing. The slow-moving storm strengthened into a tropical cyclone early Monday, and it is expected to continue to affect Southeast Asian nations for days.

Rescues were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment, according to the AP. Floodwaters reached as deep as 12 feet in the Malaka district of Timor island, and residents were forced to climb onto their roofs to escape the rising waters…

Indonesia, East Timor flood death toll surges past 150

Rescuers have been searching for dozens of people still missing after floods and landslides swept away villages in Indonesia and East Timor, killing more than 150 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

The disaster agency has estimated that 125 million Indonesians – nearly half of the country’s population – live in areas at risk of landslides.

Rescue efforts have continued on Tuesday as torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja turned small communities into wastelands of mud, uprooted trees and sent about 10,000 people fleeing to shelters across neighbouring Southeast Asian nations…

Indonesia deploys helicopters in search for survivors after cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc

Rescuers searched for dozens of people missing in remote islands of southeast Indonesia on Tuesday while expecting more casualties in the aftermath of a tropical cyclone that has killed at least 128.

Weather agency head Dwikorita Karnawati said once-rare tropical cyclones were happening more often in Indonesia and climate change could be to blame. “Seroja is the first time we’re seeing tremendous impact because it hit the land. It’s not common,” she told a news conference.

Helicopters were deployed to aid the search for survivors among 72 people reported missing so far in the East Nusa Tenggara islands, where tropical cyclone Seroja brought strong winds and heavy rains that triggered flash floods and landslides.

An amateur video taken by a local official in Tanjung Batu village on Lembata island, home to the Mount Ile Lewotolok volcano, showed felled trees and large rocks of cold lava that had crushed homes after being dislodged by the cyclone.

Authorities said the death toll could rise as rescuers reach more isolated areas. Images from the region on Monday showed downed trees, choppy seas and wooden homes flattened by the storm and debris floating in muddy floodwater…

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