Floods cripple Indonesia’s capital

Teenagers play in floodwaters out of doorways their homes in Jakarta on February 16, 2021, after heavy rain inundated parts of the capital. (Photo by Dasril Roszandi / AFP)

Total neighbourhoods of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and dozens of most fundamental roads were flooded on Saturday after torrential rains pounded the Southeast Asian metropolis in a single day.

Bigger than 1,300 residents were evacuated to rapid-duration of time shelters, with parts of the capital below four to nine feet (1.2 to 2.7 metres) of water.

Photos confirmed rescuers on rafts battling to evacuate the aged and children from submerged homes in keen-hit southern and jap areas of the metropolis, and dozens of vehicles were viewed submerged on waterlogged streets.

National rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif acknowledged the floods were induced by indecent downpours.

“The rainfall intensity is extremely high as a result of indecent weather in Jakarta and it’s been raining since the outdated day evening,” Latif knowledgeable AFP.

“Our top precedence is children to boot to infants and the aged.”

No casualties were reported up to now, he added.

Jakarta, a megalopolis that is home to around 30 million individuals, is always hit by floods within the wet season.

The metropolis noticed about a of its deadliest flooding in years in January final yr after downpours that furthermore induced landslides.

Not no longer up to 67 individuals in Jakarta and nearby cities were killed in that catastrophe, with the floodwaters reaching the 2d ground of some structures after rivers burst their banks.

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