/ 06 April 2021

Tragedies strike to our north

At least 113 people have died and many more are missing after torrential rain and landslides stretching from Indonesia’s Flores Island to neighbouring Timor Leste flooded thousands of homes on Sunday. “We suspect many people are buried, but it’s not clear how many are missing,” said Alfons Hada Bethan from Indonesia’s disaster agency. More damaging rain, waves and wind are forecast to hit the region as a tropical cyclone approaches. And in Taiwan, at least 50 people died and more than 200 were injured after a train hit a driverless truck on Friday. The 49yo truck driver, who is part of a team that inspects the rail line for landslides and other risks, apologised and said he will cooperate with the police and prosecutors to “take the responsibility I should take”.

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