Indonesia: Landslides, floods leave 30 dead
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.