"The impact of the damage to these 51 homes varied, some of which were small-scale, while others were severely damaged, resulting in the displacement of the residents," Head of NTT Province BPBD Tini Tadeus informed Antara in Kupang on Thursday (7/2).
Data compiled by Antara showed that the highest extent of damage occurred in Kupang District where as many as 27 houses were affected by tornadoes.
In addition, strong winds damaged 12 houses in Sikka District, 11 houses in East Sumba Regency, and one house in Belu District.
"The residents, whose houses were severe damaged, had to evacuate to move in with their neighbors and families in East Sumba," he stated.
He explained that the impact of structural damage due to strong winds was not only witnessed in houses but also educational facilities.
Tadeus pointed to such damage to a classroom and library in Lasiolat Sub-district, Belu District. In addition, educational facilities at High School of SMAN 3 Takari Kupang District incurred damage.
"The impact of the damage caused by the disaster is handled by each local government in the form of logistical assistance and building materials," he noted.
His side appealed to the public to continue to increase vigilance when strong winds and heavy rain lash their homes.