Floods and landslides kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

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The disaster management agency BNPB said flash floods caused by torrential rains killed 41 people on the Indonesian island of Flores on Sunday, and at least three people were killed in neighboring East Timor.

A BNPB spokesperson said in a statement that at least 49 families were infected in Flores, in the sprawling eastern archipelago in Indonesia.

“Dozens of homes were buried in the mud in the village of Lamanelli … the floods washed away residents’ homes,” Radetia said, referring to the eastern part of Flores.

He added that on the island of Adunara east of Flores, a bridge collapsed and rescuers were fighting torrential rain, strong winds and waves.

A Reuters witness in neighboring East Timor said that a two-year-old was among at least three people killed in a landslide on the outskirts of the capital, although there was no official death toll.

“The torrential rain and flooding of water inundated people’s homes and claimed many lives,” East Timor’s Deputy Prime Minister Jose Reyes said in a statement.

“There are roads that collapsed, fell trees, and made it difficult to reach some areas,” he said, describing the accident as the worst in East Timor in 40 years.

Electricity was cut off and the presidential palace was flooded with torrential rains and strong winds in Dili since late on Saturday.

Civil protection officials in East Timor could not immediately be reached for comment. Social media posts showed collapsed buildings and cars submerged in the torrents.

The Indonesian Meteorological Agency said that a tropical cyclone is approaching the Savo Strait between the southern part of Nusa Tenggara province and the northern coast of East Timor, warning that it may bring more rain, waves and winds.

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