Indonesia sends in more rescue teams, aid to cyclone-hit areas Apr 08, 2021 0 244 12345 dpa Jakarta Rescue workers were being flown in as scores of people were still missing on Wednesday after a tropical cyclone devastated several islands in eastern Indonesia, officials said. At least 126 people were killed and 74 missing after floods, landslides and a volcanic avalanche hit a group of islands in East Nusa Tenggara province over the weekend, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. Search and rescue teams will travel to the affected areas on Hercules C-130 cargo aircraft from Makassar in South Sulawesi, Bali and nearby Flores island, said agency spokesman Raditya Jati. “Police and soldiers will also join the search for the missing,” he said. Six helicopters were sent late Tuesday to drop aid supplies to areas where access had been difficult because blocked roads, high seas and storms.Among those killed were villagers whose homes were buried in a rain-triggered avalanche of debris from the Lewatolo volcano on Lembata island.Lembata and neighbouring Adonara were the worst hit by extreme weather triggered by Cyclone Seroja, the disaster agency said. Other affected areas include Alor island, Ende, the provincial capital Kupang and Bima in neighbouring West Nusa Tenggara province. The severe weather has also killed at least 27 people in East Timor, a country of 1 million people that borders Indonesia’s West Timor. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Apr 08, 2021 0 339 Turkey sentences 38 former soldiers to life in prison in 2016 coup trial Apr 08, 2021 0 265 Iran gripped by fourth wave as virus numbers, deaths swell Apr 08, 2021 0 241 Erdogan pushing for summer to disputed Istanbul Canal project Istanbul: Turkey plans to kick-start construction of a multibillion-dollar canal project that would bypass Istanbul’s Bosporus strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite criticism from the .. Iranian ship slightly damaged in Red Sea dpa Tehran Authorities are looking into an explosion that left an Iranian ship used to secure shipping routes slightly damaged in the Red Sea, said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. According to the ISNA news agency, .. Indian COVID-19 cases surge, experts see critical 4 weeks ahead dpa New Delhi India reported 115,736 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - a record spike for a second day this week - as a new wave of the pandemic continued to spread rapidly. The next four weeks were going to be critical, .. Mexico gives emergency approval to Indian vaccine dpa Mexico City Mexico has authorised the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. With the latest approval of .. Mrs World faces probe after on-stage tussle with Mrs Lanka dpa Colombo The reigning Mrs World is facing a police inquiry in Sri Lanka after she allegedly injured the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant during a weekend dispute about the Sri Lankan winner’s marital status, .. ‘All options open’ in Nile dam row with Ethiopia, says Egypt’s president Sissi Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday said “all options are open” in his country’s long-standing dispute with Ethiopia over a Nile dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its supply of water. ..