At least 52 killed by flash floods and landslides in NTT as officials caution more extreme weather

Torrential rain and strong winds resulted in flash floods on Sunday, which not only inundated homes but also destroyed bridges and roads. Photo: BNPB
Torrential rain and strong winds resulted in flash floods on Sunday, which not only inundated homes but also destroyed bridges and roads. Photo: BNPB

At least 52 people were killed after flash floods and landslides swept parts of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province yesterday, as officials warned of more extreme weather events in the coming days. 

Torrential rain and strong winds resulted in flash floods on Sunday, which not only inundated homes but also destroyed bridges and roads. The death toll is expected to rise as disaster-relief officials struggle to access the worst-hit areas. 

As of Sunday, East Flores regency reported 41 fatalities while Lembata regency reported 11, according to data provided by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Dozens are still missing and hundreds have been evacuated as houses were submerged under mud and water.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said tropical cyclone Seroja will intensify in the next 24 hours as it moves away from Indonesia. However, it will still likely cause heavy rain accompanied by lightning or strong winds in eastern parts of the country, including in NTT, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and Maluku. 

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