Indonesia- Floods in West Java and Jakarta

Further flooding has struck in Indonesia, this time in West Java Province along with parts of the capital, Jakarta. Officials report 2 people have died and 20 have been injured. The flooding follows a series of flood events that has affected several provinces of the country during September.

Floods in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia 21 September 2020. Photo: BPBD Kabupaten Sukabumi

In West Java, heavy rainfall from 20 September caused the Cipeuncit River to break its banks flooding areas of Cicurug District in Sukabumi Regency on 21 September. Flooding was also reported in Parung Kuda and Cidahu Districts in the Regency.

Initial assessments suggested at least one house and one vehicle were swept away by the flash floods. Over 300 houses and 10 bridges were damaged. Disaster officials report that 20 people were injured and 210 families displaced. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) later confirmed that 2 people had died in the floods.


Meanwhile flooding from 21 September inundated roads across the capital, Jakarta. Flooding was reported in 49 locations in the city, with 104 people displaced. Some areas of the city recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 September.

Floods in North Jakarta, Indonesia 22 September 2020. Photo: BNPB
Rainfall in the Greater Jakarta Region, Indonesia, 21 to 22 September 2020. Image: BMKG

Bogor Regency and City

Flooding also occurred in Bogor Regency, West Java, on the same day after the Cianten and Cisakati rivers overflowed in Pamijahan District. Meanwhile in Bogor City heavy rainfall caused the overflow of the Cisadane River in Central Bogor District.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reports that 113.3 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 22 September in Citeko.

Over 1,000 Floods and Landslides Since January 2020

Data from BNPB reveal 283 people have died as a result of natural disasters so far this year. BNPB reports a total of 2,069 natural disasters in the country from January to 21 September, including 773 flood events and 378 landslides.

Floods in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia 21 September 2020. Photo: BPBD Kabupaten Sukabumi