Temporary data shows that nine bridges have collapsed. Vehicles cannot pass. The data collection process is still ongoing

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NT (ANTARA) – The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provincial Government confirmed that nine bridges had incurred significant damage owing to tropical cyclone Seroja that devastated parts of the province on April 4-5, 2021.

“Temporary data shows that nine bridges have collapsed. Vehicles cannot pass. The data collection process is still ongoing,” Head of the Highways Division of the NTT Public Works and Public Housing Office Adi Mboik stated here on Wednesday.

The Termanu Bridge in Rote Ndao District, Fatutuaf Bridge in Kupang District, Maukumu Bridge in Malaka District, Neotnana Bridge in North Timor Tengah (TTU) District, Waiburak Bridge on Adonara Island, East Flores District, Talimetan and Fatubenao Bridges in Belu District, and Benenain Bridge located near the border shared with Timor Leste collapsed owing to the impact of the tropical cyclone.

In addition to the damage caused to the bridges, several roads were also damaged due to landslides.

“We are currently still collecting data. We are optimistic that the data collection process would be completed as soon as possible along with calculation of the losses,” he stated.

Meanwhile, as of April 8, nearly 163 people had lost their lives due to the Seroja tropical cyclone, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

“In total, 163 people died, while 45 others remain missing in East Nusa Tenggara,” BNPB Chief Doni Monardo stated during an online press conference.

Most deaths were reported in East Flores District, particularly on Adonara Island, where 71 people died, while five others remain missing, he stated.

In Lembata District, 43 people died and 25 others are missing, while 27 people lost their lives and 14 others are untraceable in Alor District, he remarked.

The natural disaster has also claimed six lives in Malaka District and three lives in Kupang District, with one person still missing.

In Kupang City, the disaster claimed the lives of six residents.

The tropical cyclone affected Kupang City, East Flores, Malaka, Lembata, Ngada, West Sumba, East Sumba, Rote Ndao, and Alor.

At least 1,083 families, comprising 2,683 people, were affected by the flash floods.

The BNPB has deployed helicopters to support the evacuation process and distribute relief aid as well as other logistics in the province.

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