Residents removing furniture from their flooded home in Sawah Lebar Baru, Bengkulu, on Saturday, after heavy downpours resulted in the Bengkulu River bursting its banks. (Antara Photo/David Muharmansyah)

19 Dead, Thousands Displaced in Flooding in Jakarta and Bengkulu

BY :TELLY NATHALIA & YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 28, 2019

Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides in Jakarta and in Bengkulu on Sumatra Island, claiming the lives of 19 people and displacing more than 14,000, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB.

Nine districts in Bengkulu – Bengkulu city, Central Bengkulu, North Bengkulu, Kepahiang, Rejang Lebong, Lebong, Seluma, South Bengkulu and Kaur – have been affected by flooding and landslides, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said on Sunday.

"As of 7 p.m. on April 28, we have received reports of 17 people who have died, while nine are missing, two seriously injured and another two have sustained minor injuries," he said. He added that at least 12,000 people have been displaced in Bengkulu, which saw heavy rains on Friday and Saturday.

At least 184 homes, four schools and various infrastructure were damaged. Water had reportedly receded in several parts of Bengkulu by Sunday afternoon.

Rescue workers from various institutions, including the police and military, have been deployed to the affected areas.

Heavy rains have also been recorded in Jakarta and surrounding areas, including Bogor in West Java, since Friday, causing flooding in the capital after the Ciliwung River bust its banks. The Ciliwung River flows through Bogor to Jakarta.

Two people have died and more than 2,200 have been displaced, mainly in South and East Jakarta, Sutopo said on Saturday.

An aerial photo shows vehicles crossing a flooded area in the Bengkulu on Saturday. (Antara Photo/David Muharmansyah)
An aerial photo shows vehicles crossing a flooded area in the Bengkulu on Saturday. (Antara Photo/David Muharmansyah)
Residents who have taken shelter in a mosque because of flooding in Bengkulu on Sunday. (Antara Photo/David Muharmansyah)
Residents who have taken shelter in a mosque because of flooding in Bengkulu on Sunday. (Antara Photo/David Muharmansyah)
Children play in a flooded backstreet in Cililitan Kecil, East Jakarta, on Friday. Several homes were inundated after the Ciliwung River overflowed. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
Children play in a flooded backstreet in Cililitan Kecil, East Jakarta, on Friday. Several homes were inundated after the Ciliwung River overflowed. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
A resident tries to clear garbage that was washed up by floodwaters in Cililitan Kecil. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
A resident tries to clear garbage that was washed up by floodwaters in Cililitan Kecil. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
Cars stuck on a flooded Serpong-Ulujami Toll Road in Ciputat in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)
Cars stuck on a flooded Serpong-Ulujami Toll Road in Ciputat in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)
Residents work together to build a temporary bridge over the Ciliwung River in Muara village in Bogor district, West Java, on Sunday after the main bridge collapsed due to flooding on Thursday night. (Antara Photo/Arif Firmansyah)
Residents work together to build a temporary bridge over the Ciliwung River in Muara village in Bogor district, West Java, on Sunday after the main bridge collapsed due to flooding on Thursday night. (Antara Photo/Arif Firmansyah)
Evacuated residents shelter under a tarpaulin after the Cisadane River burst its banks in Karawaci in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)
Evacuated residents shelter under a tarpaulin after the Cisadane River burst its banks in Karawaci in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)
Flood-affected residents rest in a classroom turned into a makeshift shelter at an elementary school in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, on Saturday. More than 700 residents of Kebon Pala have been evacuated to eight elementary schools. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
Flood-affected residents rest in a classroom turned into a makeshift shelter at an elementary school in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, on Saturday. More than 700 residents of Kebon Pala have been evacuated to eight elementary schools. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

 

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