Indonesia Floods – Jakarta Under 80cm Flood Water

Flooding has been reported in at least 40 different locations in Jakarta, Indonesia, after torrential rain that began to fall early on Sunday 08 February 2015.

Some areas were said to have flood water up to 80cm deep. West, north and central areas of the city have been worst affected. Even the president got to experience the flooding, as areas in front of the presidential palace in central Jakarta’s Medan Merdeka Utara area were under 30cm of water.

Jakarta often experiences severe flooding during January and February. Local observers say that Indonesia is currently experiencing the peak of this year’s rainy season.

The floods have caused chaos on the city’s already chaotic roads. Cars were held up in deep flood water, while both the train and bus systems have been severely disrupted as the heavy rain and flooding made roads and tracks impassable.

There have been no reports of casualties or evacuations. However, there could be more rain and flooding to come. Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the BNPD, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, said “We expect flooding to worsen in several places because of continuing rain.” In anticipation, BNPD and Jakarta authorities have set up relief centres deployed personnel to help the victims of any flooding in the city.

BNPD warned residents along river banks should be wary of flooding, in particular the Ciliwung river.

Flood Areas

Peta Jakarta, an open source, community-led platform to collect and disseminate information about flooding and critical water infrastructure in Jakarta, show maps indicating reports of flooding over specified periods of time. Below is the map showing the number of reports of flooding over the last 6 hours.

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Map of flood reports in Jakarta. Map source: Peta Jakarta


Rainfall Figures

WMO figures for rainfall over a 24 hour period between 08 and 09 February 2015:

Jakarta / Soekarno-Hatta Aiport – 79 mm
Jakarta / Observatory – 370 mm
Jakarta / Tanjung Priok (north Jakarta) – 310 mm