Jakarta, Indonesian capital attacked by monsoon floods


On February 20, several states in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital got slammed by severe monsoon floods. More than one thousand people were forced to leave and their homes were evacuated. Meteorology agency of the country has warned that conditions will continue for a week.
From Southern and Eastern areas of the city, more than 1,300 residents were evacuated. The residents are in a state of panic.The acting head of Jakarta’s disaster mitigation agency, Mr Sabdo Kurnianto said that in some areas floodwaters reached up to 1.8m high. There has been no account of any casualty so far. 
People shared photos on social media of residents swapping through muddy waters which were shoulder high and cars almost submerged entirely. Elderly residents were being evacuated by the search teams. The monsoon has created havoc in Jakarta. 
According to the latest data, more than two hundred neighbourhoods have been affected. Across the city, two dozen evacuation centres have been prepared. This information was given by Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan. 
The floods have worsened the situation as Jakarta was already dealing with a high number of cases of Covid-19. It is also facing economic recession because of the pandemic. 
A warning has been generated by Indonesia’s meteorology agency that the eason’s heaviest rain may fall in the coming days accompanied with heavy rains, thunder and strong winds. The head of Indonesia’s meteorology agency said that these are critical times when everyone should be aware. It is estimated that the rainy season will continue till the end of February or early March. 
Jakarta is on alert for the next few days. The data from the meteorology agency is showing heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. In Jakarta’s south, the area of Pasar Minggu recorded 226 mm of rainfall since Friday. 


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