Ships of the
Indonesian Navy with make shift hospital arrangements have arrived in the
Indonesian archipelago and neighboring East-Taimur to help treat the survivors
of the cyclone that hit the area earlier this week killing over 150 persons and
uprooting over ten thousand families.
The hospital ships
were due to leave Jakarta and Semarang, a city east of Indonesia's capital,
bound for the disaster-struck region, spokesman for the Indonesian disaster
agency was quoted by international media reports. Indonesia's navy readied
hospital ships to help treat injured survivors of the cyclone.
Helicopters were also dropping food and other essentials
also dropping food and other essentials into remote villages, as rescuers
turned to sniffer dogs in the hunt for dozens still missing after weekend
floods and landslides devastated the Southeast Asian nations.
from Tropical Cyclone Seroja, one of the most destructive storms to hit the
region in years, turned small communities into wastelands of mud, uprooted
trees and sent around 10,000 people fleeing to shelters.
Sniffer dogs to find bodies of missing victims
The storm swept
buildings in some villages down a mountainside and to the shore of the ocean on
Indonesia's Lembata island, where several small communities have been wiped off
the map. Indonesia's disaster agency said sniffer dogs would hunt through
mountains of debris and rubble in the hopes of finding the bodies of some 76
still-missing victims -- and any survivors.
About 120 people
have been declared as dead in a remote cluster of islands at the eastern end of
the archipelago. Another 34 people have been killed in East Timor – the island
nation of 1.3 million population sandwiched between Indonesia and Australia.
Rescuers have spent
the past few days using diggers and shovels to extract mud-covered corpses from
the debris. Hospitals, bridges and thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed
by the storm, which flattened scores of small villages.