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At least 26 people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in Indonesia and East Timor

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Dili, East Timor, has been hit by torrential rains and strong winds since Saturday night. Many houses have collapsed and electricity supply has been cut off. (Reuters)

Dili, East Timor, has been hit by torrential rains and strong winds since Saturday night. Many houses have collapsed and electricity supply has been cut off.

Indonesia and East Timor were flooded early on Sunday (April 4) due to heavy rains. At least 26 people were killed, nine were injured, and the whereabouts of five others are unknown.

Reuters reported that Indonesia’s National Disaster Response Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Raditya said in a statement that at least 49 families on Flores Island in Indonesia were hit by floods.

Speaking of the eastern part of Flores, Raditya said: “In the village of Lamanele, dozens of houses were buried in the soil the houses of residents were washed away by the flood.”

He added that on the island of Adonara, east of Flores, a bridge collapsed and rescuers were fighting heavy rains, strong winds and waves.

Witnesses said that in neighboring East Timor, at least three people, including a three-year-old child, were killed in a landslide on the outskirts of the capital Dili. The East Timorese authorities have not released relevant official data.

Dili has been hit by torrential rains and strong winds since Saturday night, the power supply has been cut off, and the Presidential Palace has been flooded. Social media posts showed that many buildings and vehicles were flooded by flash floods in East Timor.

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