44 dead, dozens displaced as heavy rains trigger floods in Indonesia

Floods kill at least 41 people in Indonesia’s Flores island on Sunday, the disaster management agency BNPB said, and at least 3 more were reported killed in neighbouring East Timor.

“Dozens of houses were buried in mud in Lamanele village… residents’ houses washed away by the flood,” Raditya Jati, a BNPB spokesman said in a statement referring to the eastern part of Flores.

On Adonara island to the east of Flores, a bridge collapsed and rescuers were battling heavy rain, strong wind and waves, he added.

“Heavy rains and overflowing water have drowned people’s homes and have also claimed the lives of several victims,” East Timor deputy prime minister José Reis said in a statement.

“There are roads that have collapsed, trees have fallen, and made it difficult to access some areas,” he said, calling the incident the worst in East Timor in 40 years.

Power supplies were cut and the presidential palace was flooded as heavy rain and strong winds have lashed Dili since late on Saturday.

The  met department said a tropical cyclone was approaching the Savu Straits bringing in more rain, wind and waves.