Jakarta: Floodwaters inundated houses in Kebon Pala, Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, as torrential rains lashed several parts of the Indonesian capital city from Thursday evening to early Friday, causing the Ciliwung River to overflow its banks.
"The floodwaters reached heights of between 50 and 100 centimeters," according to Sudiarno, a member of the Kampung Melayu area-based Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), who observed the affected areas on Friday morning.
Even as the Jakarta provincial administration constantly endeavors to contain the spread of covid-19, flooding has inundated the neighborhood area, inhabited by some 300 families, though not leading to the displacement of local residents.
"No one has taken refuge. We have prepared social assistance packages at the village office that we utilize as a temporary shelter," he remarked, adding that downpour in the areas of Bogor City and Bogor Regency, West Java, had further aggravated the overflowing of Ciliwung River.
Early this year, floods had severely inundated certain areas in the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, and its outskirts. The catastrophe had claimed tens of lives and displaced several hundred residents.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded that on January 3, 2020, the death toll from floods and landslides that hit greater Jakarta and Banten had reached 46, while 173,064 had sought refuge in safe places. (antara)