Jakarta Under Water Again

Many areas of Jakarta, particularly East Jakarta, were under water yet again after heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in the city. Some affected areas were under as much as 60cm of water, and in Pondok Jaya area in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, floodwaters reached a depth of 100 cm.

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Floods in Jakarta. Photo: twitter.com/PersonilzEvo

According to the Jakarta Post, these recent floods have affected commercial districts of the city and have caused huge disruptions with the city’s traffic.

Motorbike drives through the Jakarta floods. Photo: twitter.com/dinarwijaya7
Motorbike drives through the Jakarta floods. Photo: twitter.com/dinarwijaya7

The flooding was a result of heavy rainfall on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January, which led to a rise in levels of Jakarta’s many rivers.

Jakarta has suffered from flooding for much of January. Late last week it seemed that the floods were beginning to recede and the thousands of displaced could begin to return home. The heavy rain this week is therefore a real setback. The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said that the number of evacuees rose by over 600 to 9,985 from 9,368 on Tuesday 28 January. They were spread throughout 21 sub-districts in 11 districts and were currently being looked after in 34 shelters.

According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the intense rain is forecast to continue for around two more days.

Flooding near the Kp Melayu
Flooding near the Kp. Melayu. Photo: twitter.com/DickyNovaldy

Source: Jakarta Post