Cyclone-triggered Floods Kill 150 in Indonesia

Photo shows a scene from the aftermath of the flooding. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Floods and landslides have killed over 150 in East Timor, Indonesia. Rescuers continue searching for as many as 70 missing people. See video footage of the disaster here.

Vincent Michael of FMI says, “Indonesia is made up of a group of islands called the Greater Sunda Islands and the Lesser Sunda Islands. And the Lesser Sunda Islands is where this latest flood happened: in the southeast part of Indonesia.”

Tropical Cyclone Seroja drenched several islands with rain, triggering landslides of hardened volcanic lava. The storm displaced over 8,000 people.

It’s rare for a cyclone to hit Indonesia so directly. But Michael says these types of flooding events have grown more common in recent years. “Infrastructure and flood prevention has always been a nightmare in Indonesia, and probably always will be. But in a relatively poor country where they don’t have a lot of money for infrastructure projects, it is going to be all the worse.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray needed aid gets to affected areas in East Timor.
  • Ask God to empower the Indonesian church to reflect His love after this disaster.