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Death Toll in East Nusa Tenggara Natural Disasters Reach 165
The number of victims in a series of natural disasters that hit the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara has risen to 165, less than a week after flash floods, mudslides and lava floods hit the area last Sunday on April 4.
“Aside from the 165 people confirmed dead in the natural disasters, another 45 persons are listed as missing,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] head Doni Monardo on Friday.
“The East Flores regency bore the brunt of the losses with 71 dead, followed by Lembata regency with 46 fatalities. Alor regency was third with 28 people.”
Doni’s grim figures does not end there. “Another 156 people are known to be injured in the disaster, which drove 17,834 people from their homes. More than 20 thousand others are also affected by the disasters to a greater or lesser extent.”
The government has particularly focused on disaster mitigation in the eastern Indonesian provinces, with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ himself overseeing relief operations in the stricken areas.