Indonesia – 10,000 Displaced by Floods in Karawang

Further flooding has hit parts of West Java, Indonesia, where disaster officials report over 47,000 people have been affected in Karawang Regency.

Meanwhile flooding has continued to affect wide areas of Greater Jakarta, with over 7,000 people currently displaced from their homes.

Scouts carry out flood rescues after the Cibeet River flooded in Telukjambe Barat District, Karawang. Photo: Pramuka Kwarda Jabar

Karawang Regency

Indonesia’s disaster management agency, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) reported that flooding had affected 47,670 people from 15,734 families in the districts of West Jambe Bay, Kutawaluya, Jayakerta, Cilebar, Rengasdengklok, Tegalwaru, Pangkalan, Ciampel, East Karawang, Pedes, West Karawang, Cikampek, Jambe Bay and Cilamaya Wetan.

As of 25 February, 3,111 families or 9,770 people were displaced. As many as 14,808 houses have been flooded, along with 3 mosques, 1 school and 842 hectares of rice fields.

BNPB said the flooding was caused by heavy rain, but also poor drainage and blocked drainage channels.

Flooding has hit other areas of West Java over the last few days. As many as 115,000 people were affected in Bandung Regency in West Java on 18 February. Four people died in a landslide in Ciawi District, Bogor Regency, West Java, on 20 February.

Greater Jakarta

Meanwhile, BNPB also report that flooding continued in parts of Greater Jakarta on 25 February.

The recent flooding began in the capital on 23 February, particularly in East Jakarta after the Ciliwung, Sunter and Kali Mati rivers overflowed, as reported here.

Over 750 people were evacuated. Indonesia’s meteorological agency, BMKG, said that Pulogadung in East Jakarta recorded 241 mm of rain in 24 hours on 23 February.

On 25 February, BNPB reported flooding in 79 points across Greater Jakarta, including Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi.

East Jakarta was still among the worst affected areas, with around 5,022 people displaced and staying in 47 emergency camps as of 25 February. A further 2,188 people were also displaced in North Jakarta and 121 in South Jakarta.

Flooded areas of Greater Jakarta, 25 February 2020. Image; BNPB

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