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Tropical Cyclone Seroja - Apr 2021

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Tropical Cyclone SEROJA formed over the Savu Sea (eastern Indonesia, bordering Timor-Leste) on 4 April, moving south-west towards the Western Australia coast. On 6 April at 0.00 UTC its centre was approx. 130 km south of Sumba Island (East Nusa Tenggara) and 730 km north-west of Derby Town (Western Australia), with maximum sustained winds of 102 km/h. Following its passage, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management reports 128 fatalities, 72 people missing and 8,424 people displaced in East Nusa Tenggara. The Government of Timor-Leste reports 27 fatalities and 7,000 displaced in Dili. (ECHO, 6 Apr 2021)

Meanwhile, the impact across eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste has increased after the passage of SEROJA. National authorities in Indonesia report 138 fatalities, 61 missing individuals, and up to 1,114 destroyed or damaged houses across East Nusa Tenggara Province. In Timor-Leste, heavy rainfall that started affecting the country since the end of March, resulted in flash floods and landslides. According to UN OCHA, at least 42 people died and up to 9,779 people have been temporarily displaced in Dili capital city. (ECHO, 8 Apr 2021)

As of 12 April, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported that as many as 509,604 persons were affected by TC SEROJA, with 11,406 people displaced, 181 deaths, 271 injuries, 45 missing persons while 66,036 houses were reportedly damaged in East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. (AHA Centre, 13 Apr 2021)