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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /  06:58 am
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Cars are seen partially submerged in water at the Express taxi pool in Tanah Kusir, South Jakarta, on Wednesday.(JP/R Berto Wedhatama)

Millions experienced a wet start to 2020 after severe flooding caused by torrential rainfall that lasted from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning claimed at least nine lives and displaced thousands in Greater Jakarta. The floods inundated 41 areas across Jakarta and its satellite cities fared no better, with landslides wreaking havoc. Five people died of hypothermia or electric shock or were swept away in the floods and four others fell to landslides in Jakarta, Depok and Bogor, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan immediately prioritized evacuation efforts in East Jakarta, the region with the highest number of affected areas, including Cawang, Kayu Putih and Cakung. “Make sure that all government buildings and schools are ready to be used as emergency shelters. Prepare public kitchens, healthcare p...