Indonesia floods: At least 53 dead as record rainfall hits Jakarta

The death toll from flash floods around Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has risen to at least 53 with a further 175,000 people being made homeless.
Authorities confirmed one other person is missing as the region suffered some of the heaviest rain since records began.

The floods have brought chaos to parts of South East Asia’s biggest city, with train lines blocked and power outages in many areas.
Swathes of Jakarta and nearby towns were inundated after heavy rain fell on New Year’s eve and into the early hours of 1 January.

Image: Jakarta and its surroundings are home to more than 30 million people
The deluge was “one of the most extreme rainfall” events since records began in 1866, the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.


The agency said climate change had increased the risk of extreme weather and warned that heavy rainfall could last until mid-February.

Television footage showed flood waters inundating parts of Jakarta and mud-covered cars, some piled on top of each other.

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Jakarta and its surroundings are home to more than 30 million people.
More than 50 people died in one of the capital’s deadliest floods in 2007 and five years ago much of the centre of the city was inundated after canals overflowed.
President Joko Widodo announced last year that the capital will move to a site in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, as the current location has begun to sink after uncontrolled extraction of ground water.

Source : Sky News