Indonesia, Timor-Leste flood death toll revised to 86

Thousands of homes, as well as hospitals and bridges were damaged or destroyed in the disaster.
Thousands of homes, as well as hospitals and bridges were damaged or destroyed in the disaster.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia’s disaster agency Tuesday (April 6) revised down its death toll from cyclone-sparked flooding and landslides to 86 from a previous 130, citing miscommunication with local agencies.

“From 11 districts affected by the tropical cyclone, our data showed 84 people died” in the province of East Nusa Tenggara alone, said agency spokesman Raditya Jati.

There were two additional deaths in another region, bringing the confirmed toll in Indonesia to 86, while the number missing moved above 100.

Tropical cyclone Seroja battered the South-east Asian nations, leaving thousands homeless.

Rescuers in Indonesia were racing to find those still missing and using diggers to clear mountains of debris left in the wake of tropical cyclone Seroja.

Torrential rains sparked flooding and landslides that turned small communities into wastelands of mud, uprooted trees and forced thousands of people into shelters.

Thousands of homes, as well as hospitals and bridges were damaged or destroyed in the disaster while more than 10,000 people have fled to shelters, authorities said.

"We could still see extreme weather (from the cyclone) for the next few days," said Dr Raditya.

The storm was moving towards the west coast of Australia.