11,107 People Affected by Natural Disasters in East Nusa Tenggara

The largest evacuation sites identified were in East Sumba Regency with a total of 7,212 people (1,803 families), Lembata 958 people, Rote Ndao 672 people (153 families), West Sumba 284 (63 families) and East Flores 256 people.

People in Samparong Village, Sikka Regency, are displaced because their residence was hit by tidal flooding. Bad weather causes floods and landslides in a number of districts in East Nusa Tenggara. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA — Natural disaster caused by tropical cyclone Seroja affected 11,107 people in East Nusa Tenggara. 8,424 were displaced, while 2,683 affected people chose to stay. The largest evacuation sites identified were in East Sumba Regency with a total of 7,212 people (1,803 families), Lembata 958 people, Rote Ndao 672 people (153 families), West Sumba 284 (63 families), and East Flores 256 people. 

The disaster also resulted in material losses where 1,962 houses were affected. Around 119 houses were severely damaged, 118 houses were moderately damaged, and 34 houses were slightly damaged. 14 units of public facilities were heavily damaged, 1 unit was slightly damaged, and 84 other units were affected.

On Monday (4/5/2021), in Jakarta, President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Ibnu Khajar explained that ACT had assigned volunteers from West Nusa Tenggara and surrounding areas to reach more than 11 cities and regencies in East Nusa Tenggara.

 "We will also open a humanitarian post, the center of which will be in East Flores because there are quite a lot of survivors in that area. We will also prepare medical assistance as a form of emergency aid," explained Ibnu.

Along with the establishment of the Humanitarian Post, ACT will open a public kitchen to meet the food needs of the survivors. In addition, basic supplies will also be distributed in the affected areas.

"Because currently, the conditions are still not conducive for aid distribution, our team is coordinating with various parties, including local Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD), local governments, and many other institutions working in the field. This is done to make sure the assistance will be distributed very quickly to all regions, "said Ibnu. []