Dozens killed as flooding, mudslides ravage Indonesia and Timor-Leste

TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2021

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A developing tropical system brought rounds of torrential rainfall to the islands of eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste throughout the weekend, leading to widespread flooding and deadly mudslides. Forecasters warn that more rain is expected in the coming days.

As of Sunday evening, local time, at least nine people have been killed by floodwaters in Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste.

The death toll due to flash flooding, landslides and a falling tree climbed to 113 by Monday evening, local time.

Officials called the city a "calamity zone" as days of heavy tropical rainfall caused Dili to fill with floodwaters, especially during high tide.

Extensive damage to homes and businesses has been reported. Residents and officials have reported water levels as high as 6.5 feet in some neighborhoods with houses along the Comoro River being swept away.

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