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Indonesia, East Timor floods-landslides: Death toll hits 101

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:37 PM, 5 April 2021  

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The death toll from floods and landslides in Indonesia and neighboring East Timor has climbed to 101. Many more people are still missing in this horrific incident. 

The British media outlet BBC confirmed the information, citing the official accounts of the two countries.

The report said the flood situation caused by the torrential rains had caused extensive damage. Several dams have been flooded and thousands of houses have been submerged. The affected area stretches from the eastern Indonesian island of Flores to East Timor.

A total of 80 people killed in Indonesia so far, officials say. Besides, several people are missing. As a result, the death toll is expected to rise further.

Raditya Djati, a spokesman for the country’s disaster relief agency, told reporters that mud and extreme weather had created major obstacles. Investigation and searching were hampered due to the ruins of the hill. 

“We think a lot of people are trapped,” said Alphonse Hada Bethany, head of the Eastern Flores Disaster Management Agency. “We also have no clear idea how many people are missing.”

“People who have left their homes are scattered,” he said, adding that “thousands of people are still staying at home. They need medicine, food and blankets.”

At least 21 people have been killed in floods and landslides in East Timor. The tiny island is located between Indonesia and Australia. The country’s capital, Dili, was inundated by the floods. Most of the deaths were in Dili.

During the monsoon season, flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia and neighboring countries. Earlier in January, flash floods killed 40 people in the town of Sumedang in West Java province. At least 11 people were killed in a landslide in Borno state in September last year.

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