Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods in East Nusa Tenggara

Flash floods and landslides in East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia have caused damage and at least one fatality.

Floods destroyed houses in Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, December 2022. Photo: BPBD Kupang Regency
Flood damaged house in Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province. Photo: BPBD Kupang Regency

Heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Kupang Regency, on 25 December 2022. Recent damage assessments report one person died, while around 44 homes were severely damaged or destroyed and a further 598 flooded. As of 01 January, a total of 2694 people had been displaced from their homes. Roads and 5 bridges were also damaged.

The affected areas include Central Kupang District, Sulamu District, Takari District and Kupang Fatuleu Barat District.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, BNPB, said the authorities including local government teams, the Kupang Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) and local residents, are dealing with the emergency, assisting victims and cleaning up the flood damage. Relief supplies including food have been distributed to victims and some bridges have already been repaired.

Disaster authorities in East Nusa Tenggara Province also reported flooding in Alok District of Sikka Regency around the same time. Flood waters were up to 1 metre deep and damaged 317 houses and several public buildings. As many as 1,193 residents evacuated their homes.

Heavy rain also caused a large landslide in Manggarai Regency. No injuries were reported.