Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said yesterday that 137 people have died and 1.1 million have been evacuated due to floods and landslides in Indonesia since the beginning of January 2014.
As many as 182 hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods, landslides and tornadoes have occurred in Indonesia so far this month, causing damage to around 4,000 houses, 1,234 of which were heavily damaged or destroyed.
The BNPD also said that floods and landslides may continue to occur until March, due to normal rain patterns. In most areas of the country (apart from Maluku and Halmahere) rainfall is expected to peak between January and March.
Meanwhile, more heavy rainfall and flooding has swept across parts of Indonesia, including Jakarta, Tangerang in Banten Province, and Kudus, Central Java.
Heavy rain on Tuesday led to flooding across 21 districts of Jakarta earlier today. Some streets were under 2 metres of flood water. The worst affected area was East Jakarta with 43,452 people affected. Nearly 9,000 have been evacuated to 30 relief centres around the city.
Torrential rain that began on Tuesday 28 January has resulted in floods up to 2.5 metres high in the Total Persada housing complex. Around 1,270 families have been affected, with many of them forced to leave their homes. Several roads have also been closed in the area.
The Gelis River overflowed in Kota Sub-district, Kudus District, after heavy rain on Tuesday 28 January 2014. Seven houses were completely destroyed and several others severely damaged. All residents have been evacuated.
Over 40 houses have also been damaged by flash floods in Undaan Sub-district, also in Kudus. The floods were caused by heavy rainfall and runoff from the Kendeng mountain area. Flood water was said to be as heigh as 1 metre in some villages.
12 people have already died in floods in Kudus in January. Nearly 10,000 people were evacuated last week when the flash floods first hit the district.