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On Sunday morning, flash floods and landslides swept an island in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing at least 44 people.

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in the Catholic-majority Flores Island just hours before people woke up to celebrate Easter Sunday.

Homes were flooded, and bridges and roads on the island’s eastern end were damaged.

“There are 44 people dead with nine injured” in East Flores regency, and “many … are still under the mud”, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati told AFP news agency.

Because of rains and high waves, rescuers are struggling to reach the remote and worst-affected region in East Flores regency, where the death toll is expected to increase.

Extreme weather is expected to persist in the coming week, according to Jati.


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