More Than 90 Dead In Indonesia, East Timor Floods, Dozens Missing
Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor Monday after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 91 people and left dozens missing
Lembata (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Apr, 2021 ) :Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor Monday after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 91 people and left dozens missing.
Packing heavy winds and rain, the storm heaped more misery on the Southeast Asian nations after Sunday's disaster turned small communities into wastelands of mud and uprooted trees and forced thousands of people into shelters.
The cyclone, which was picking up strength as it moved toward the west coast of Australia, hampered efforts to reach trapped survivors.
Indonesia's disaster agency said at least 70 people have been killed, with another 70 missing.
Many of the deaths were in Timor's inundated capital Dili, where the front of the presidential palace was transformed into a mud pit.
On Lembata, an island east of Flores, parts of some villages were swept down a mountainside and carried to the shore of the ocean.
Soon after flash floods began tearing into resident Basir Langoday's district in the early morning, he heard screams for help from a nearby home covered in rubble.
"There were four of them inside. Three survived but the other one didn't make it," he told reporters.
"He said 'hurry, I can't hold on any longer," Langoday added.
"There was a rumbling sound and the floods swept away homes, everything," Witak said.