Some 62 residents of Flores Timur District in East Nusa Tenggara Province lost their lives in flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, that lashed the areas of nine villages on Sunday.
Some 56 of the 62 flood victims were the residents of Nelelalamadike Village in Ileboleng Sub-district, Deputy Head of Flores Timur District Agus Payong Boli stated.
Six other victims were identified as Wotanulumado Sub-district’s residents, Boli noted in a statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Monday.
The search and rescue workers are making ongoing efforts to locate four other residents that reportedly became untraceable, Boli remarked.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that apart from causing fatalities, the flooding also compelled several hundred residents to seek refuge in safer places.
The agency confirmed that as of Monday at 5 a.m. local time, a total of 256 displaced residents were accommodated at Nelemawangi Village’s hall.
The disaster mitigation agency confirmed that several other residents were offered shelter at the Nelelamadike Village hall.
Flash floods submerged nine villages in the sub-districts of Ile Boleng, Adonara Timur, Wotan Ulu Mado, and Adonara Barat, Flores Timur District, on Sunday.
The affected villages are Nelemadike, Nelemawangi, Waiburak, Waiwerang, Oyang Barang, Pandai, Duwanur, Waiwadan, and Daniboa.
The debris carried during the flash floods not only claimed the lives of numerous villagers but also destroyed and damaged 77 houses and led to the collapse of five bridges.
The Flores Timur disaster mitigation agency confirmed that extreme weather coupled with a shortage of backhoes had hindered its rescue and evacuation efforts.
Various regions of Indonesia are susceptible to natural disasters.
Within the first quarter of this year, several hydrological disasters had hit the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.
In Sumatra Island, for instance, flash floods and a landslide had damaged seven homes and caused destruction to a bridge in Wih Ni Durin Village, Syiah Utama Sub-district, Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province, following unremitting heavy rains in the Gayo highland area.
Meanwhile, in Java Island, landslides hit the Cihanjuang Village in Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java Province.
On Feb 7, flash floods also inundated Semarang City’s Kota Lama (Old Town) neighborhood and several other areas owing to incessant rains and tidal flooding.
Source: Antara News