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Jakarta Post

Thousands of houses in W. Java flooded

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 15, 2016   /  10:30 am
Thousands of houses in W. Java flooded Residents paddle a makeshift raft near their flooded house in Kedungwaringin, Bekasi regency, in West Java, on Monday. Five districts near the Citarum river in the regency were flooded with water as high as 150 centimeters. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

Water from overflowing rivers has flooded thousands of houses in the West Java municipalities of Tangerang, Bekasi and Karawang following heavy rain.

“In Karawang, the flood was caused by water from the Citarum river and its tributaries, while in Tangerang it was caused by the Angke river overflowing,” Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said Monday, as quoted by news agency Antara.

He added that flooding in Karawang had intensified from Friday to Monday. In Telukbuyung village of Karawang regency, 678 houses, two mosques, two schools and seven prayer houses had been inundated, he said, while at the Bintang Alam housing complex, 650 houses had been flooded, affecting 997 people.

On Monday, five districts near the Citarum river in Bekasi regency were also flooded, Antara reported.

On Sunday in Tangerang, thousands of houses were flooded by the overflowing Angke river. Local authorities reported seven affected locations in Tangerang: Larangan Utara, Ciledug Indah, Karang Tengah, Flyover Cibodas, Alam Jaya, Periuk Jaya and the Total Persada housing complex. (evi)

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