Greater Jakarta Area told to brace for great flood as intense rainfall expected on Feb. 19 and 20

Flood in Kuningan, South Jakarta on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo: TMC Polda Metro Jaya
Flood in Kuningan, South Jakarta on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo: TMC Polda Metro Jaya

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has warned the Greater Jakarta Area to prepare for possible floods as the area may experience its heaviest rainfall in years on Feb. 19 and 20.

Though weather agencies have issued numerous flood warnings in the capital since the turn of the year, LAPAN said its weather satellites have picked up patterns suggesting that intense, prolonged rainfall may fall on Jakarta and its satellite cities of Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi starting at around midnight.

“Rain will continue to fall until 4am on Feb. 20,” LAPAN said in its report.

“Everybody is advised to raise caution for the potential of a great flood that may occur between Feb. 19 and 20 on a wide scale in the Greater Jakarta Area, like what happened on Jan. 1, 2020.”

Jakarta experienced its deadliest flooding in recent memory on New Year’s Eve 2020. The Greater Jakarta Area, as well as parts of Banten and West Java, saw the most intense rainfall since 2007, 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 had to be evacuated from their homes.

Rain has already fallen on the Greater Area Jakarta for much of today, causing floods in several areas though no major deluge has been reported thus far.


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