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Duration 2000/05 Floods caused by heavy rain over the last 3 days, have drenched the southern part of Belu district in West Timor, Indonesia. The affected area is flat and very low-lying, and forms a major rice growing area with an estimated 100,000 people living in the region. The rains continue and the death toll is expected to rise. According to unconfirmed information, 125 people have died as a result of the floods. In all, an estimated 20,000 people have been affected and 100 houses have been destroyed. Country or District Indonesia Name Flood
Headline(Source, Date) Personal Injury Material Damage Others OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2000/05/24 50,000 people have been reportedly affected in some way by the flooding, out of the area's population of 100,000.
20,000 people are estimated to have been severely affected, and require assistance.
The Government estimates that 60% of houses have been either damaged or destroyed in Malaka Barat.
Roads throughout the affected areas have deteriorated due to the combination of poor maintenance, intensive traffic and the exceptional rainfall.
OCHA Situation Report No. 3 2000/05/22 Several unconfirmed estimates rate the number of dead as high as 148. 10 people are reported missing. OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/05/19 Several unconfirmed estimates rate the number of dead as high as 148. An estimated 35,000 people have been left homeless.
As bridges have collapsed and roads have become impassable, efforts to assess the affected area have been hampered. The floods have inundated the rice growing area, causing the complete destruction of crops and ruining reserve stocks.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/05/18 Over 90 people, including many refugees, are reported to have died in the floods, mainly in the sub-districts of Malaka Tengah and Malaka Barat. The rains continue and the death toll is expected to rise. According to unconfirmed information, 125 people have died as a result of the floods. In all, 100 houses have been destroyed. There seems to be no access for road traffic between Kupang, the capital of Nusa Tenggara Timur province in West Timor, and Atambua in Belu. The main roads and bridges along this stretch of land have been completely cut off.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 6 2000/05/26
There are 24 new sites in the affected areas, which house 2,589 refugee families and 261 local families mostly in dire conditions. It is necessary to transfer these people to new sites in less sensitive areas, to avoid worsening the already severe degradation of the forest.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 5 2000/05/25
The displaced population has already destroyed a large area of bamboo thicket and woodland in the process of constructing shelters. This is likely to be a precursor to increased soil erosion and increased risk of flooding.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2000/05/24
124 confirmed dead. As the Malaka Barat sub-district is more extensively accessed, this number is likely to climb further. 37 persons are reported missing.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 3 2000/05/22
The main priorities now are the maintenance and repair of the road system and the provision of clean water to flood victims. So far the emergency assistance needs are likely to be met at local level with support from the Government, donors, NGOs and the UN system in West Timor and East Timor.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/05/19
It is envisaged that a very large number of people may require food assistance for some time. There is also no drinking water available in the affected area, a factor which considerably heightens the risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
- OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/05/18
According to local authorities, primary needs are for medicines, food, mobile kitchens and kitchen sets and stoves, tents and plastic sheeting, fuel (diesel), water purification equipment and jerry cans, and also rubber dinghies.
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