Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Jakarta and South Sumatra Province

Disaster authorities in Indonesia report that flooding damaged over 2,700 homes in Musi Rawas Regency in South Sumatra Province.

As many as 2,744 families were affected, but no injuries or casualties reported. As of 10 February the flood water had started to recede.

Meanwhile more flooding has hit parts of Jakarta, affecting 2,867 people from 891 households. The highest number of people affected was in East Jakarta with 752 households (2,476 people), while in South Jakarta 139 households (391 people) were affected. Some of those affected were moved to evacuation centres. Flooding was also reported in parts of North, West and Central Jakarta.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency BNPB said that flooding in ​​East Jakarta was exacerbated by the overflowing of several rivers including the Ciliwung, Sunter and Buaran. Flood water reached 1.7 metres in some locations.

According to Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG, the heaviest rain fell between 07 to 08 February 2020, when Tanjung Priok district in North Jakarta recorded 155.5 mm in 24 hours and Kemayoran in Central Jakarta 125.2 mm. Sibolga in North Sumatra recorded 133.5 mm of rain during the same period.

Rainfall in Indonesia, 07 to 08 February 2020. Image: BMKG

Thousands of people were displaced and dozens killed in flooding in Jakarta in early January this year.

Flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, 01 January 2020. Photo; BNPB