Jakarta, Indonesia: The nation’s disaster relief agency said Sunday that landslides and high winds caused by heavy rains murdered at least 41 people and destroyed many. About a half-dozen others were unaccounted for.
On Adonara Island in East Nusa Tenggara region, mud flowed down from the surrounding hills into more then 12 of residences in Lamenele region shortly after midnight. 35 bodies were found by rescue crews.
As per the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, flash swamping has killed nearly 6 people in other areas. Power outages, jammed highways paved in dense muddy and rubble, and the area surrounded by rough water and large tides hindered disaster relief, according to the department’s spokesman, Raditya Jati.
In Indonesia, a network of 17,000 islands where families live in mountain terrain or nearby productive wetlands, periodic rainstorms cause regular mudslides and flooding, killing hundreds per year.
After a rescue service checked casualties’ details, Indonesia’s disaster department reduced the death toll to 41, dropping from 44, late Sunday. At least 27 individuals were unaccounted for.
3 people’s bodies were discovered after being washed away by flooding in Oyang Bayang area, where 40 homes were also damaged, according to Ola. Numerous people were rescued from underwater houses, some of which were washed away by muddy water.
Miraculously rainfall forced streams to overflow their banks, bringing filthy water into huge region of East Flores district, killing 3 people and displaced 7 people are missing in another area, Waiburak, Ola said.
A nearby health centre was treating 4 wounded person.
Several were still helping with the relief operations as of late Sunday, according to Jati. Severe flooding and a flood that damaged 5 bridges on the island have impacted at least 6 communities, he said.
The department posted pictures of rescue crews, officers, and military personnel transporting people to accommodation.
Officials still were gathering data on the true extent of injuries and destruction in the areas affected, according to Jati.
In Bima, a city in the neighboring province of West Nusa Tenggara, devastating floods has forced nearly 10,000 people to escape.
2 mudslides in West Java province killed 40 individuals in January.