According to Singapore’s Straits Times on February 20, severe floods occurred in several parts of the Indonesian capital, forcing more than 1,000 people to flee their homes on Saturday (February 20).
The country’s meteorological agency warned that this situation would last for another week.
In a statement, Sabdo Kurnianto, acting head of Jakarta’s Disaster Reduction Agency, said that about 1,380 residents in the southern and eastern regions of Jakarta have been evacuated.
Jakarta has a population of nearly 10 million, and some areas have floods of 1.8 meters.
He said that there were no reports of casualties at present.
It is reported that people posted photos on social media, residents waded through the muddy water shoulder-high, cars were almost completely submerged, and the Indonesian search and rescue team was evacuating elderly residents with rubber boats.
“Two hundred blocks have been affected, according to the latest data,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told local television earlier Saturday, adding that more than two dozen evacuation centers have been prepared throughout the city.
Anies Baswedan also said, “The rain has stopped, but waterways in other areas are still affecting Jakarta, hoping it will not affect the city center.
When the floodwater recedes, people can resume activities.