A brand new cyclone was barrelling towards Indonesia and threatened to spark extra floods and landslides, authorities warned Friday, because the archipelago reeled from a storm that killed greater than 200 folks, together with victims in neighboring Timor Leste.
Tropical cyclone Odette was set to dump torrential rains on south Sumatra and different elements of the nation together with central Java and vacation island Bali.
Whereas the brand new storm was not anticipated to be as harmful as cyclone Seroja, which pounded jap Indonesia this week, the nationwide climate company mentioned it had the potential to do severe harm.
“Everyone ought to stay alert for the potential of robust winds and heavy rains… in addition to floods and landslides,” mentioned climate company head Dwikorita Karnawati.
Cyclone Seroja, one of the highly effective storms to hit the area in years, turned small communities into wastelands of mud and uprooted bushes, sending hundreds fleeing to shelters amid widespread blackouts.
The specter of a brand new storm got here as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo arrived in hard-hit Lembata island Friday.
“I wish to categorical deepest condolences to the victims,” the chief, higher generally known as Jokowi, mentioned from the catastrophe zone.
“I hope their souls will probably be accepted by God.”
His go to got here because the demise toll from the floods-and-landslide catastrophe rose once more.
No less than 165 folks have been listed as useless in Indonesia.
One other 42 have been killed in East Timor — a nation of 1.3 million sandwiched between Indonesia and Australia that’s formally generally known as Timor-Leste.
Greater than 50 persons are nonetheless lacking within the two Southeast Asian nations, and catastrophe company officers are nonetheless looking out mountains of particles for our bodies.
With hundreds filling evacuation centres, authorities have been scrambling to keep away from a diffusion of Covid-19, and deal with youngsters affected by the catastrophe.
“We’re beginning to present counselling companies for traumatised youngsters,” mentioned Josef Nae Soi, vice governor of catastrophe epicentre East Nusa Tenggara province.
Indonesian cargo planes and navy ships full of assist have arrived within the area with greater than 4,000 navy personnel despatched to assist in the aid effort.
A hospital ship was additionally en route to assist deal with survivors within the area, the place native medical clinics have been overwhelmed.
Greater than 20,000 folks have been evacuated from disaster-struck communities and plenty of have been left homeless by the storm.
The cyclone is now headed for Australia, the place authorities urged holidaymakers to evacuate a stretch of the nation’s west coast earlier than it makes landfall late Sunday or early Monday.
Deadly landslides and flash floods are widespread throughout the Indonesian archipelago throughout the wet season, with deforestation typically the trigger, environmentalists say.
The catastrophe company has estimated that 125 million Indonesians — almost half of the nation’s inhabitants — stay in areas liable to landslides.