Jakarta flooded as peak rainy season approaches, Indonesia

Jakarta flooded as peak rainy season approaches, Indonesia

Jakarta's Disaster Mitigation Agency recorded 49 flood prone spots in the city on Monday, February 9, after torrential rain than began early Sunday, February 8.

West, north and central areas of the city have been worst affected, with some parts in up to 80 cm deep water. As a precautionary measure, state utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negera (PLN) shut down its power grid in several areas there.

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, FloodList reports.

The Jakarta Police’s traffic division counted 52 flooded roads as of noon local time today, in all parts of the city.

Authorities warn rain will continue until late Monday night and in the coming days.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency reported Jakarta and its surrounding satellite cities are entering the peak of the rainy season this week. Heavy rains will last up to the third week of February, they expect.

Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the BNPB, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, said they expect flooding to worsen in several places because of continuing rain. In anticipation, BNPB and Jakarta authorities have set up relief centers and deployed personnel to help the victims of any flooding in the city.

So far, there have been no reports of casualties or evacuations.

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