Dozens of neighborhoods in Jakarta flooded following days of torrential rain

East Jakarta’s Kebon Pala neighborhood flooded on Feb. 20/ 2020. Photo: Instagram
East Jakarta’s Kebon Pala neighborhood flooded on Feb. 20/ 2020. Photo: Instagram

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season, with torrential rain in the last few days inundating dozens of neighborhoods in the capital.

According to the Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Jakarta), at least 40 RW (community units, which comprise of several neighborhoods) in Jakarta were flooded following heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

Despite more torrential rain on Thursday evening, the flooding has subsided in numerous neighborhoods. As of this morning, BPBD reported that 18 RW were still flooded, half of which are in East Jakarta.

East Jakarta’s Kramat Jati sub-district is among the worst hit, with floodwater measuring up to 80 centimeters in some neighborhoods.

BPBD Jakarta said 1,091 people, most of whom are from South Jakarta and East Jakarta, were forced to evacuate their flooded homes in the last few days.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Jakarta continues to be at risk of more floods from heavy rain until early March.

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The Greater Jakarta Area, as well as parts of Banten and West Java, saw the most intense rainfall since 2007 on New Year’s Eve, which continued well into New Year’s Day. According to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 67 people were killed by floods and landslides while tens of thousands were evacuated from their homes.

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