Meteorology agency says today’s rain in Jakarta ‘not as bad’ as January 1

Flood in Kalimalang, East Jakarta on Feb. 25, 2020. Photo: Twitter/@BNPB_Indonesia
Flood in Kalimalang, East Jakarta on Feb. 25, 2020. Photo: Twitter/@BNPB_Indonesia

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) says that today’s floods in Jakarta were caused by rainfall that was much less intense than that which caused the great New Year’s Day floods.

“If we look at the intensity of rain today, it was not as bad as January 1, 2020. Back then the rainfall duration went up to 19 hours. Today, it was only a few hours, from midnight to morning,” BMKG Meteorology Deputy Head Mulyono Prabowo told Liputan 6 today.

Mulyono added that the agency forecasts more intense rainfall in the capital until around early March.

“It’s likely that the intensity will not be as bad as earlier in the year,” he said.

Jakarta is seeing what is likely to be the worst flooding since the deadly New Year’s Day deluge this morning with large areas of the capital, as well as satellite cities Bekasi and Tangerang, inundated following hours of heavy rainfall.

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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 BNPB data, 67 people were killed by floods and landslides while tens of thousands were evacuated from their homes.

Governor Anies Baswedan said the Jakarta Provincial Government is working to assist the hundreds of RW (community units, each comprising of several neighborhoods) affected by today’s floods.

“Right now the number of RW affected keeps changing. More than 200 out of 2,738 RW in Jakarta [are affected],” he said, as quoted by Kumparan.

“Citizens who need assistance can call us at 112, and our district units will respond to the people’s needs.”

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