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Floods and landslides in Indonesia killed 100+ people

Unfortunate floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor have killed more than 100 people.

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Unfortunate floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor have killed more than 100 people.

Natural disasters have caused widespread destruction in the South East Asia region. The flood has overflown many homes, leaving people homeless and helpless. In Indonesia alone, 80 people have died with dozens still missing. Officials warn the toll could still rise.

“The mud and the extreme weather have become a serious challenge and the debris piling up has hampered the search and rescue team,” Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Djati told reporters. The agency suspects that there are more people buried under the heaps of debris. The rescue teams are working to rescue people as much as possible. Few of them have been shifted to other districts with food and shelter facilities.

At least 21 people have also died in East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, news agencies quoted officials in the island nation as saying. Many of the victims are to be from the country’s capital Dili. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has offered his condolences and urged people to follow the advice from officials during extreme weather periods.

The country’s disaster agency has estimated that nearly half of the country’s population – some 125 million people – live in parts of the country at risk of landslides.

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