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Indonesia: At least 44 killed by flash floods and landslides

Mud inundated houses, whereas bridges and roads within the jap finish of Flores Island destroyed.

At least 44 folks have been killed after flash floods and landslides swept an island in Indonesia’s easternmost province on Sunday morning.

Hours earlier than folks woke as much as have fun Easter Sunday, torrential rain resulted in flash floods within the Catholic-majority Flores Island.

Mud inundated houses, whereas bridges and roads within the jap finish of the island have been destroyed.

“There are 44 people dead with nine injured” in East Flores regency, and “many … are still under the mud”, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati informed AFP news company.

Rescue officers anticipate the demise toll to rise as they’re struggling to succeed in the distant and worst-hit space in East Flores regency due to rains and robust waves.

Jati added that excessive climate is predicted to proceed within the coming week.

Fatal landslides

Separately on Sunday, flooding killed two folks in (*44*) metropolis within the neighbouring province of West Nusa Tenggara, in keeping with the catastrophe management company.

Dams in 4 subdistricts additionally overflowed, submerging almost 10,000 homes following a nine-hour downpour, stated Jati.

Indonesia’s climate company stated a tropical cyclone nearing the Savu Straits, between the southern a part of Nusa Tenggara province and East Timor’s north coast, could possibly be bringing extra rain, waves and winds.

Fatal landslides and flash floods are widespread throughout the Indonesian archipelago through the wet season.

In January, flash floods hit the Indonesian city of Sumedang in West Java, killing 40 folks.

And final September, at least 11 folks have been killed in landslides on Borneo whereas a couple of months earlier dozens died in the same catastrophe in Sulawesi.

Deforestation is commonly a explanation for landslides, in keeping with environmentalists.

The nation’s catastrophe company has estimated that 125 million Indonesians – almost half of the nation’s inhabitants – reside in areas susceptible to landslides.

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