Jakarta, Indonesia-A landslide and flash floods from heavy rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 41 people and evacuated thousands, Indonesia’s disaster relief agency said on Sunday. More than 20 other people were still missing.
The mud fell from the surrounding hills to dozens of homes in the village of Ramenere shortly after midnight on the island of Adonara in East Nusa Tenggara. Rescue teams recovered 35 bodies and injured at least five, said Lenny Ora, who heads a local disaster agency.
Flash floods have killed at least six people, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Rescue efforts were hampered by power outages, blockades of roads covered with thick mud and debris, and remote areas surrounded by rough seas and high waves, official spokesman Raditia Jati said.
Seasonal heavy rains cause frequent landslides and floods, killing dozens of people each year in Indonesia. Indonesia is a chain of 17,000 islands inhabited by millions of people near mountainous areas and fertile floodplains.
The Indonesian disaster agency reduced the death toll from 44 to 41 at the end of Sunday after the search and rescue team reconfirmed the victims’ data. At least 27 people were still missing.
According to Ora, the bodies of three people were recovered after a flood in the village of Oyanbayan destroyed 40 homes. Hundreds of people fled the submerged homes, some of which were carried away by the floods.
In another village, Wai Brak, three people were killed and seven remained missing as a river ruptured the embankment and sent muddy water to large areas of the East Flores district, according to Ora. did. Four injured were being treated at a local clinic.
Jati said at a news conference that by the end of Sunday, hundreds of people were still involved in the rescue operation. He said at least six villages were affected by flash floods and landslides that cut five bridges on the island.
Photos released by authorities show rescuers, police and military personnel taking residents to shelters.
Authorities are still collecting full information on casualties and damage in the affected areas, Jati said. Serious floods have also been reported in the neighboring town of Bima, West Nusa Tengala, forcing nearly 10,000 people to flee.
In January, two landslides in West Java killed 40 people.