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Thousands evacuated, traffic disrupted as floods hit Jakarta at rainy season peak

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, February 21, 2021   /  10:22 am
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A volunteer evacuates residents affected by the flood in Petogogan, South Jakarta on Saturday. Heavy rain in the past few days have caused several parts of Jakarta and its surrounding areas to be inundated by floodwater.(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Heavy rains in the capital city and surrounding areas from Friday to Saturday triggered floods that have deluged large parts of Greater Jakarta and disrupted the transportation system across the capital. The flooding forced thousands of Jakartans to take to shelters and it is not expected to recede soon as the weather agency has forecast that the extreme weather conditions are expected to continue for the next several days. The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency recorded nearly 200 neighborhood units (RT) across the capital inundated by floodwater as of Saturday morning with 1,361 people forced to take shelter away from their homes. The flooding ranged from around 0.4 to 2.5 meters in depth, with East and South Jakarta the hardest-hit areas. According to the provincial administration flood monitoring website pantaubanjir.jakarta.go.id, Cipinang Melayu subdistrict in Makasar d...