Over 1,300 people have been displaced by recent flooding Jakarta and surrounding areas in Indonesia.
Update, 21 February 2021:
The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, abbreviated as BNPB, report that flooding in Karawang Regency, West Java Province on 20 February affected 28,329 people and displaced 4,184. As many as 8,539 housing units were submerged and infrastructure damaged. BNPB said the floods were caused by high intensity rainfall and the overflow of the Citarum River. Flooding was also reported in Bekasi Regency on 21 February. At least 5 houses were destroyed.
Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG said Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta recorded 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 February. In the following 24 hours period, 226mm of rain fell in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta.
Jakarta Provincial Fire and Rescue Service (Pemadam DKI Jakarta) helped evacuate residents from flooded homes in East and South Jakarta. The city’s disaster agency, Jakarta BPBD, said that a total of 379 families or 1,380 people have moved from their homes, including 19 people in South Jakarta and 1,361 people in East Jakarta, where flood waters were up to 1.8 metres deep. Images shared on Social Media showed flood water at roof height of cars parked in streets of South Jakarta. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.
Areas of West Jakarta were also affected, although without evacuations as of 20 February.
BPBD said that, as of 20 February, several areas are “still flooded due to high rainfall and overflowing Ciliwung River, Krukut River, and Pesanggrahan River in South Jakarta, as well as PHB Sulaiman, Sunter River, Cipinang River in East Jakarta.”