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Motorist killed while driving through flood in Central Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   02:30 pm
Motorist killed while driving through flood in Central Jakarta Motorists use the Cempaka Putih overpass to avoid floods on Tuesday. (JP/Bayu Widhiatmoko)

A motorcyclist identified as Rahmat Hidayat was found dead after attempting to ride through a flood on Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.

Central Jakarta Police traffic unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Lilik Sumardi confirmed the accident to tempo.co, saying that Rahmat’s motorcycle had hit a pothole that was covered by water.

The motorist lost control and was thrown from his vehicle before hitting his head on the sidewalk, which was also inundated by the floodwater. He died instantly.

Read also: Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commuters

Rahmat’s body has been taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Central Jakarta, said Lilik.

Mild to severe flooding occurred across Greater Jakarta on Tuesday following heavy rain throughout the previous night. Flooding paralyzed traffic on several major streets and brought several public transportation services to a halt.

The capital and its surrounding areas have been experiencing constant rainfall since the rainy season started late last year. Massive flooding occurred on New Year’s Eve, claiming at least nine lives and displacing thousands of others. (syk)