In­done­sia: Land­slides, floods leave 30 dead

The Punch - - WORLD -

THOUSANDS are home­less and at least 30 are dead in Jakarta af­ter se­vere weather paral­y­ses the cap­i­tal city.

Sky News said that land­slides and se­vere flood­ing in In­done­sia’s cap­i­tal have killed at least 30 peo­ple and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.

At least 182 neigh­bour­hoods in greater Jakarta were left un­der­wa­ter af­ter be­ing hit by mon­soon rains, while land­slides have ham­mered the Bo­gor and De­pok districts on the out­skirts of the city.

gov­er­nor Anies­bawes­dan said much of the wa­ter had re­ceded by Thurs­day evening, al­low­ing thousands of peo­ple to re­turn to their homes, but the death toll has jumped from 17 to 30.

More than 31,000 peo­ple had been moved to tem­po­rary shel­ters af­ter flood­ing rose as high as 2.5m in some ar­eas.

There are now only about 5,000 peo­ple still in the shel­ters, but those who have gone back home have found streets cov­ered in mud and de­bris, with cars swept away from drive­ways and parked up in nar­row al­ley­ways.

Shoes, pots, pans and other house­hold items are strewn across pave­ments in ar­eas were the wa­ter has re­ceded.

Electricit­y has been cut off and the Jakarta’s Halimper­danakusuma­h do­mes­tic air­port was tem­po­rar­ily shut when the run­way flooded, im­pact­ing nearly 20,000 pas­sen­gers.

So­cial af­fairs min­is­ter Ju­liari Peter Batubara said the govern­ment had de­ployed med­i­cal teams and rafts to the worst-hit ar­eas.

Emer­gency food sup­plies have been sent by res­cuers in boats for those re­main­ing on the up­per floors of their homes.

Jakarta is home to 10 mil­lion peo­ple, with the pop­u­la­tion ex­pand­ing to 30 mil­lion when in­clud­ing those in its greater met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

Pres­i­dent Jokowidodo an­nounced in 2019 that the cap­i­tal will move to a site in East Kal­i­man­tan prov­ince on Bor­neo is­land, as the cur­rently lo­ca­tion has be­gun to sink af­ter un­con­trolled ex­trac­tion of ground wa­ter.

Jakarta is also prone to earth­quakes and flood­ing, with Mr Wi­dodo pre­vi­ously blam­ing flood­ing on dam­age to the ecosys­tem and ecol­ogy, as well as lit­ter in the rivers.

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