Jakarta Floods After 119 Mm of Rain in 24 Hours – Roads Blocked, 40 Evacuated

In Indonesia, Jakarta’s Disaster Management Agency, BPBD, reported earlier today that heavy rainfall in Greater Jakarta and the surrounding areas has caused flooding across several parts of the city, causing traffic problems and some damage to buildings.

BPBD say that most of the rain fell in just one hour during the evening of 25 February 2016. In East Jakarta, the rain left flood water up to 90cm. BPBD say that around 40 people have been evacuated from their homes in Cakung.

Flooding has also been reported in areas of West and South Jakarta, and also in North Jakarta, in particular Kelapa Gading and Cilincing.

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, Dan Geofisika – BMKG) has predicted further rain over the weekend for Greater Jakarta, surrounding areas and across many parts of Indonesia.

According to figures from WMO, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport recorded 119 mm of rain in a 24 hour period between 25 and 26 February 2016.

During the same period, Tanjung Priok saw 59 mm, Jakarta Observatory 89 mm and Serang in Banten province, about 70 km west of the capital, recorded 90 mm.

Flooding in the streets of Jakarta, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD
Flooding in the streets of Jakarta, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD
BPBD Jakarta carry out damage assessments after flooding, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD
BPBD Jakarta carry out damage assessments after flooding, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD
Flooding in the streets of Jakarta, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD
Flooding in the streets of Jakarta, 26 February 2016. Photo: BPBD

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