The Jakarta Post
Severe flooding in Greater Jakarta and Banten has claimed at least 43 lives and forced hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes after heavy downpour from Tuesday evening until Wednesday.
Data gathered by the Social Affairs Ministry, the Health Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as of 9 a.m. on Friday show Bogor regency in West Java as having recorded the highest number of casualties with 16 deaths, followed by Lebak regency in Banten with eight deaths and East Jakarta with seven.
Thirty-five of the 43 deaths occurred in Greater Jakarta, which does not include Lebak.
Depok and Bekasi municipalities in West Java each recorded three deaths, while Central Jakarta, West Jakarta, Bogor municipality, Bekasi regency and Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten reported one death each.
Seventeen of the victims died after being swept away by the floods and another 12 were killed in landslides. Five died of electric shock and three due to hypothermia. One of the victims, a 7-year-old from Lebak, remains missing, while five who died in Bogor regency were unidentified.
This year's death toll is much higher than that of the 2013 floods, which killed 20 and caused trillions of rupiah in losses, BNPB spokesperson Agus Wibowo told The Jakarta Post.
Official data as of 10 p.m. on Thursday show that 409,840 people from 15 municipalities and regencies in the Greater Jakarta were forced to flee from their homes and take shelter.