Death toll rises in In­done­sian cap­i­tal’s floods

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THE death toll from floods in In­done­sia’s cap­i­tal Jakarta has risen to 43 as res­cuers found more bod­ies amid re­ced­ing flood­wa­ters.

Mon­soon rains and ris­ing rivers sub­merged at least 182 neigh­bour­hoods in greater Jakarta and caused land­slides in the Bo­gor and De­pok dis­tricts on the city’s out­skirts as well as in Le­bak.

Na­tional Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Agency spokesper­son Agus Wi­bowo said the fa­tal­i­ties also in­cluded those who had drowned or been elec­tro­cuted since rivers broke their banks on Wed­nes­day af­ter ex­treme tor­ren­tial rain on New Year’s Eve.

It was the worst flood­ing since 2013, when Jakarta was in­un­dated by mon­soon rains.

Wi­bowo said about 397,000 peo­ple sought refuge in shel­ters across the greater met­ro­pol­i­tan area. Flood­wa­ters started re­ced­ing in some parts of the city on Thurs­day evening, en­abling res­i­dents to re­turn to their homes.

Those re­turn­ing found streets cov­ered in mud and de­bris. Cars that had been parked in drive­ways were swept away, land­ing up­side down in parks or piled up in nar­row al­leys.

Jakarta’s Halim Per­danakusuma do­mes­tic air­port re­opened on Thurs­day af­ter its run­way was sub­merged.

Head of the Me­te­o­rol­ogy, Cli­ma­tol­ogy and Geo­physics Agency Dwiko­rita Kar­nawati said more down­pours were fore­cast for the cap­i­tal in the com­ing days and the po­ten­tial for ex­treme rain­fall will con­tinue un­til next month across In­done­sia.

Jakarta is home to 10 mil­lion peo­ple, or 30m in its greater met­ro­pol­i­tan area. It is prone to earth­quakes and flood­ing and is rapidly sink­ing due to un­con­trolled ex­trac­tion of ground wa­ter.

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