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Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Australia - Tropical Cyclone SEROJA (GDACS, JTWC, BNPB, Government of Timor-Leste, DG ECHO , Copernicus EMS) (ECHO Daily Flash of 6 April 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.

  • SEROJA is forecast to strengthen as it moves south-west, with winds up to 195 km/h possible on 10 April.

  • Very heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over East Nusa Tenggara Province on 6-7 April, and the central coast of Western Australia on 10-11 April. Moderate rain is forecast over Timor-Leste on 6 April.

  • The European Commission's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service was activated on 4 April to support damage assessments around Dili.