“There are 55 dead, but the death toll continues to rise, with 42 people still missing,” Raditya Jati, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency, told reporters.
The flash floods caused by torrential rains have caused significant damage on the island of Flores, leading thousands of people to seek shelter.
Landslides and flash floods are common in the Indonesian archipelago, especially during the rainy season. But environmental activists point to deforestation as an important factor in these catastrophes.
In January, 40 Indonesians died in the floods that hit the city of Sumedang in West Java.
The Indonesian disaster management agency estimated that 125 million people, about half of the archipelago’s population, live in areas at risk of landslides.
In Timor-Leste, which borders Indonesia, the number of fatalities has also risen from 11 to 21, 13 of which in the capital, Dili.
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