TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Deputy Governor Josef Nae Soi said Monday, April 5, that a number of areas in three districts were still isolated following flash floods and landslides.
Josef outlined that the areas were six villages in Malacca Regency as the bridge cut off and six villages in East Flores Regency due to landslides and damaged roads. “In Sabu Raijua, there are six districts isolated because road access and bridge are cut off,” he said on Monday.
According to him, almost all areas in the province were affected by the tropical cyclone seroja. He predicted that eight regencies were severely affected by the flash floods, while the rest areas were on light to moderate impact.
Josef said that the hardest-hit areas were East Flores, Lembata, Kupang City, Sabu Raijua, East Sumba, Alor, Malacca, and Kupang Regency. It was estimated that 84 people died and around 71 people were missing.
Community leaders were asked to lend their houses or places to serve as evacuation sites in a bid to prevent crowds and curb Covid-19 transmission, Josef added.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Doni Monardo deployed three helicopters to help the flash flood victims evacuation process and logistics distribution to residents in isolated areas of East Nusa Tenggara. The agency would also ask the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police to mobilize additional units if needed.