Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – Floods have submerged hundreds of hectares of paddy-planted fields in Sabu Raijua district, East Nusa Tenggara province following relentless heavy rains accompanied by high winds in the area from Saturday to Sunday.
“The extreme weather conditions have caused the flooding of hundreds of hectares of rice paddies,” Sabu Raijua district chief Doris Rihi said on Monday.
Heavy rains caused the Lobopedana reservoir to overflow and flood rice fields in West Sabu and East Sabu sub-districts, he added.
The relentless downpours caused flooding and high winds damaged several houses and knocked down trees, he said.
Local authorities are collecting data on the material losses caused by the natural disaster.
“We don’t know how many people were affected by this natural disaster as the BPBD (local office for disaster mitigation) team continues to collect damage data,” Rihi said.
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Meanwhile, at least 62 people have been killed and thousands displaced by flash floods and landslides that devastated several villages in East Flores on Sunday.
The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Doni Monardo, visited East Flores on Monday to observe the devastation caused by natural disasters.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on his staff to act quickly to deal with the victims and impacts of flash floods and landslides that hit East Flores.
<< I ordered the head of BNPB (National Disaster Mitigation Agency), the head of Basarnas (National Search and Rescue Agency), the Minister of Social Affairs, the Minister of Health and the Minister of PUPR (Public Works and Public Housing), as well as commander of the TNI (Indonesian Defense Forces) and head of the national police to immediately evacuate the victims and manage the impact of disasters ”, noted Monday the head of the State in a video message to Jakarta.
President Widodo also expressed his sincere condolences for the loss of life caused by flash floods and landslides in NTT and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provinces.
In NTB, floods affected the districts of Bima and Dompu.
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