Thursday, April 15, 2021

Cyclone leaves at least 97 dead in Indonesia and East Timor – Prime Time Zone

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More than 30,000 people were affected by landslides and floods of up to four meters in height; rescue workers continue to search for dozens of missing persons

EFE / EPA / ANTONIO DASIPARUPeople watch the water flow next to a house hit by the landslide in Dili, the capital of East Timor

O cyclone tropical Seroja reached the Indonesia it’s the Timor Leste this Sunday, 4, causing a trail of deaths and destruction. Strong winds and torrential rains have caused floods e landslides who forced thousands of residents to leave their homes and take shelter in temporary shelters. Rescue work began only on Monday, 5, when at least 97 deaths related to the tragedy were recorded while dozens of other people remain missing. Local authorities are still looking for new victims who may have been buried in the mud or dragged by the water into the sea.

In Indonesia, the national disaster agency points out that at least 70 people have died and 70 others are missing, with a total of 30,000 being affected in some way by the floods. The president Joko Widodo regretted what had happened and said it had already taken steps to remedy the situation. “I have ordered that disaster relief efforts be conducted quickly and appropriately, for example, for health care assistance, availability of logistics and basic needs for the displaced and the repair of infrastructure,” he said.

In East Timor, on the other hand, it is estimated that there were at least 27 deaths in the capital Dili, where 7,000 residents were forced to flee their homes. However, in the district of Malaka strong water currents continue to drag villages away despite the rain having stopped. Some victims in the region say they had to climb on the roofs of their homes to escape the flood, which reached four meters in height.

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