Heavy rainfall kills 52 in Indonesia, East Timor

Heavy rainfall in eastern Indonesia and neighboring East Timor has caused a series of landslides and mud flows, claiming at least 52 lives.

Indonesia's disaster management authorities say landslides and mud flows were observed across the island of Adonara early on Sunday. They say the disaster has so far left 41 people dead and 27 others missing.

Landslides in East Timor's capital, Dili, have also killed 11 people.

Dozens of houses in Indonesia have been buried in mud or washed away by flooding. Strong winds have left the disaster management authorities unable to send ships to the island, which is hampering rescue operations.

The authorities say the number of victims is expected to rise.

Torrential rains are forecast to continue in the regions for the next few days. Concerns are growing that the damage may spread further.