Landslides and severe flooding in Indonesia’s capital have killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.
At least 169 neighbourhoods in greater Jakarta are underwater after being hit by monsoon rains, while landslides have hammered the Bogor and Depok districts on the city’s outskirts, according to the country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
Image: Destroyed cars in Bekasi after flooding triggered by heavy rain hit the area
Image: A man collects his belongings after floods hit Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic: Antara Foto/ Galih Pradipta/Reuters
More than 31,000 people have been moved to temporary shelters after flooding rose as high as 2.5m in some areas.
Electricity has been cut off and the Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusumah domestic airport was temporarily shut when the runway flooded, impacting nearly 20,000 passengers.
Social affairs minister Juliari Peter Batubara said the government had deployed medical teams and rafts to the worst-hit areas.
Emergency food supplies have been sent by rescuers in boats for those remaining on the upper floors of their homes.
Image: More than 31,000 people have been moved to temporary shelters
Image: An area affected by floods, next to Ciliwung river in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic: Antara Foto/Nova Wahudi/Reuters
Jakarta is home to 10 million people, with the population expanding to 30 million when including those in its greater metropolitan area.
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President Joko Widodo announced in 2019 that the capital will move to a site in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, as the currently location has begun to sink after uncontrolled extraction of ground water.
Jakarta is also prone to earthquakes and flooding, with Mr Widodo previously blaming flooding on damage to the ecosystem and ecology, as well as litter in the rivers.
Source : Sky News