Indonesia – Deadly Flooding in Jakarta After 180mm Rain in 24 Hours (Updated)

Update, 22 February 2017

Further information from Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB says that flooding in Bekasi was a result of several rivers overflowing, including the Cullinan-Cikeas, Bekasi and Cakung.

At least 10 districts in Bekasi have reported flooding: Jati Asih, Bekasi Selatan, Mustika Jaya, Rawa Lumbu, Pondok Gede, Bekasi Barat, Pondok Melati, Bekasi Utara, Medan Satria and Bantargebang.

A total of 400 people (from around 100 families) have been displaced and are currently staying in temporary accommodation. Around 1,314 families have been affected by flooding in Bekasi.

Another flood-related death has also been reported in Bekasi, bringing the death toll to two.

Original Report, 21 February 2017

Widespread flooding hit the Jakarta Metropolitan Area, Indonesia, on Tuesday 21 February, 2017. The flooding was triggered by hours of torrential rain, with 180 mm recorded in 24 hours in Kemayoran, Jakarta, between 20 and 21 February.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), flooding has been reported in 54 areas of the city, in parts of South Jakarta, East Jakarta and North Jakarta. Flooding has also been reported in Tangerang and Bekasi.

Thousands of homes have been flooded, with 119 people displaced in Jatiasih, Bekasi. Some streets in Jakarta were reportedly under water up to 1.5 metres deep. In Cipinang Muara district flood water was as deep as 2.5 metres.

Traffic is in chaos and some cars have been left stranded on roads in the city.  At least one death reported in Bekasi as a result of the floods.

“The floods occur because the city’s drainage system cannot accommodate the overflowing water,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press release.

BNPB evacuations in Jakarta floods, 21 February 2017. Photo: BNPD
BNPB evacuations in Jakarta floods, 21 February 2017. Photo: BNPD


Figures according to Indonesia’s meteorological agency, Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG), for a 24 hour period between 20 and 21 February, 2017,

  • Bekasi – 65 mm
  • Tanjung Priok 115.9 mm
  • Kelapa Gading 145.4 mm
  • Kemayoran 180 mm
  • Pakubuwono 106 mm

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