Flash floods and landslides kill at least 70 people in Indonesia and East Timor

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Multiple disasters triggered by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 70 people and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster response organization said.

Mud tumbled from the surrounding hills to dozens of houses in the village of Lamenele, shortly after midnight on Sunday on Adonara Island in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Rescue workers recovered 38 bodies and injured at least five people, said Lenny Ola, who heads the local disaster recovery organization.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, at least 30 people have been killed elsewhere in flash floods and at least 70 are missing.

21 deaths have now been reported in East Timor.

Multiple disasters triggered by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 70 people and displaced thousands, the country's disaster response organization said.

Multiple disasters triggered by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 70 people and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster response organization said.

Mud tumbled from the surrounding hills to dozens of houses in the village of Lamenele, shortly after midnight on Sunday on Adonara Island, killing at least 38

Mud tumbled from the surrounding hills to dozens of houses in the village of Lamenele, shortly after midnight on Sunday on Adonara Island, killing at least 38

Mud tumbled from the surrounding hills to dozens of houses in the village of Lamenele, shortly after midnight on Sunday on Adonara Island, killing at least 38

Extreme weather has also resulted in another 21 deaths in East Timor (pictured), but rescue efforts have been hampered by damaged bridges and roads

Extreme weather has also resulted in 21 more deaths in East Timor (pictured), but rescue efforts have been hampered by damaged bridges and roads

Extreme weather has also resulted in 21 more deaths in East Timor (pictured), but rescue efforts have been hampered by damaged bridges and roads

Relief efforts were hampered by power outages and blocked roads covered in thick mud.

The bodies of three people were recovered after they were wiped out by flooding in Oyang Barang village, where 40 houses were also destroyed, Mr Ola said.

Hundreds of people fled flooded houses, some of which were carried away by the flood water.

In another village, Waiburak, three people were killed and seven missing after nighttime rains caused rivers to overflow and send muddy water to much of the East Flores district, Mr Ola said.

The bodies of three people were recovered after they were wiped out by flooding in Oyang Barang village, where 40 homes were also destroyed.

The bodies of three people were recovered after they were wiped out by flooding in Oyang Barang village, where 40 homes were also destroyed.

The bodies of three people were recovered after they were wiped out by flooding in Oyang Barang village, where 40 homes were also destroyed.

Hundreds of people fled flooded houses, some of which were carried away by the flood water.  Residents have taken refuge in a nearby evacuation center

Hundreds of people fled flooded houses, some of which were carried away by the flood water.  Residents have taken refuge in a nearby evacuation center

Hundreds of people fled flooded houses, some of which were carried away by the flood water. Residents have taken refuge in a nearby evacuation center

The rain also caused cold lava to tumble down the slopes of the Ili Lewotolok volcano, hitting several villages.

Hundreds of people are still involved in rescue efforts.

At least nine villages have been affected by flash flooding and a landslide that damaged five bridges on Lembata Island.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he had instructed his cabinet ministers and the heads of the military, police and disaster station to carry out emergency response and search and rescue operations as soon as possible.

“I feel the grief of our brothers and sisters there as a result of these disasters,” Mr. Widodo said during a televised address, offering deep condolences to the victims.

Relief efforts were hampered by power outages and blocked roads covered in thick mud

Relief efforts were hampered by power outages and blocked roads covered in thick mud

Relief efforts were hampered by power outages and blocked roads covered in thick mud

At least nine villages have been affected by flash flooding and a landslide that damaged five bridges on Lembata Island (photo, residents of Ile Ape, Lembata Island, clearing mud and debris from their home)

At least nine villages have been affected by flash flooding and a landslide that damaged five bridges on Lembata Island (photo, residents of Ile Ape, Lembata Island, clearing mud and debris from their home)

At least nine villages have been affected by flash flooding and a landslide that damaged five bridges on Lembata Island (photo, residents of Ile Ape, Lembata Island, clearing mud and debris from their home)

Tropical cyclone Seroja has generated high waves, high winds and heavy rainfall for the past three days and its effects are expected to last until Friday, said Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency.

She warned that the cyclone could cause tidal waves of up to 4 meters in the islands of Sumba, Flores and Rote in East Nusa Tenggara province, and up to 6 meters in the southern part of the province and in the Banda Sea and Indian Ocean.

Seasonal rains often cause floods and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile floodplains.

Australian forecasters have warned residents of the far north of the state of Western Australia that the tropical cyclone was intensifying and approaching them.

Seroja, or lotus flower, formed in Indonesian waters early Monday morning and was moving southwest, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

It is not expected to affect Australian communities for the next 48 hours, but residents were urged to keep an eye on the forecasts.

Tropical cyclone Seroja has generated high waves, high winds and heavy rainfall for the past three days and the effects are expected to last until Friday.

Tropical cyclone Seroja has generated high waves, high winds and heavy rainfall for the past three days and the effects are expected to last until Friday.

Tropical cyclone Seroja has generated high waves, high winds and heavy rainfall for the past three days and the effects are expected to last until Friday.

Dozens of people were missing after landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rains over the weekend.  Rescuers have worked to get missing people back

Dozens of people were missing after landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rains over the weekend.  Rescuers have worked to get missing people back

Dozens of people were missing after landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rains over the weekend. Rescuers have worked to get missing people back

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he had instructed his cabinet ministers and the heads of the military, police and disaster station to carry out emergency response and search and rescue operations as soon as possible.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he had instructed his cabinet ministers and the heads of the military, police and disaster station to carry out emergency response and search and rescue operations as soon as possible.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he had instructed his cabinet ministers and the heads of the military, police and disaster station to carry out emergency response and search and rescue operations as soon as possible.

People are looking at the damaged roads after days of torrential rains and flash floods in East Timor

People are looking at the damaged roads after days of torrential rains and flash floods in East Timor

People are looking at the damaged roads after days of torrential rains and flash floods in East Timor

Seasonal rains often cause floods and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile floodplains

Seasonal rains often cause floods and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile floodplains

Seasonal rains often cause floods and landslides in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile floodplains