Jakarta floods leave 21 dead and 30,000 homeless

Source(s): Guardian, the (UK)


Torrential rain has caused flash floods to inundate large parts of Indonesia’s capital and nearby towns, killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands more to evacuate.


Deaths were caused by hypothermia, drowning and landslides, while four died after being electrocuted by power lines, the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on its website on Thursday morning.


City authorities have in the last few years sought to improve the low-lying city’s vulnerability to flooding during the rainy season.


Daniel, whose neighborhood was waterlogged, told reporters of his disappointment with the city government’s efforts to mitigate the floods, which happen yearly during the rainy season.


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