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Seroja cyclone may bring more disasters to eastern Indonesia

  • Budi Sutrisno and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 6, 2021   /  08:07 pm
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This handout photo taken on Monday and released by the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) shows rescuers looking for survivors in Nelemamadike village, East Flores, after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in Indonesia and Timor Leste.(AFP/Handout)

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of heightened weather activity that could lead to more disasters, as the clear-up following widespread flooding and landslides in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) continued this week. The agency projected that heavy sea conditions might hit the provinces as the Seroja tropical cyclone, which is believed to have caused the disaster, would last until at least Wednesday. “Apart from heavy rains, we will also see strong winds and high waves that may resemble a tsunami. These high waves may make landfall,” BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati told a press conference on Tuesday morning. She said the waves formed would not be as strong as those caused by a tsunami but that they would still be “damaging”, appearing at different heights in several areas across eastern Indonesia&rsqu...