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Cyclone Seroja: 165 dead, 45 missing in Indonesia

  • Published at 03:29 pm April 9th, 2021
Indonesia-Tropical cyclone Seroja
Workers stand at the pole as they fix the power grid damaged by flash floods triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 Reuters

The cyclone brought on heavy rains, strong winds, and high sea waves of up to six metres

The death toll from tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia has risen to 165, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Thursday.

“Two died in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara province, and 163 others in East Nusa Tenggara province,” said the agency’s head Doni Monardo.

In addition, 45 people are still missing and another 20,929 are displaced.

The Indonesian police and the army have deployed 7,572 personnel to search for the missing people.

Meanwhile, 115 public facilities were damaged, a number of bridges were broken, and agricultural irrigation and rice fields were submerged.

Likewise, 8,322 houses in East Nusa Tenggara and 5,333 others in West Nusa Tenggara were damaged.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency said such extreme weather with heavy rains, strong winds, and high sea waves of up to six meters occurred after the tropical cyclone Seroja was swirled in the Savu Sea, south of East Nusa Tenggara Province with a peak on April 5, 2021.

Currently, Seroja is moving away from Indonesia’s territory, but the impact would still be felt in a number of provinces in the south of the country for the next few days.

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