Heavy rains kill over 100 in Indonesia, East Timor

More than 100 people have died in eastern Indonesia and East Timor after heavy rains caused landslides and mud flows on Sunday.

Officials of Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province say they have confirmed 83 deaths on the islands of Adonara and Lembata. They also say 110 others are missing.

In East Timor, 21 people have been confirmed dead in the capital, Dili, and elsewhere.

Reports from Indonesia say at least 77 houses have been buried or washed away.

Heavy rains and high waves are expected to continue in the region until Wednesday, hampering rescue operations.

Indonesia's disaster management officials are unable to send ships to affected islands.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday that he ordered authorities to carry out emergency response measures. He called on people to check alerts from meteorological officials as the amount of rainfall is increasing rapidly.