A resident of Kampung Baru in Kembangan, West Jakarta, comforts his child as water surrounds their house on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
After the Flood
BY :ANTARA PHOTO
JANUARY 03, 2020
The death toll from the New Year's Day floods in Jakarta and its surrounding cities has increased to 43 according to the latest count from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Most of the victims had died from hypothermia, drowning, electric shock or being buried under landslides. More than 35,500 people have been displaced from their homes and are now taking refuge in evacuation shelters.
Aid has been slow in coming in some areas of the capital. Residents of Kampung Baru in Kembangan, West Jakarta, have complained of the lack of medical assistance and flood victims in Daan Mogot, also in West Jakarta, have been forced to seek shelter at TransJakarta bus stops.
Meanwhile, floodwaters have begun to recede in some of the worst-hit areas, including in Rawajati, South Jakarta, Pondok Gede Permai in East Jakarta and Jatiasih in Bekasi, West Java.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that the spate of bad weather – from Tuesday to Wednesday Jakarta experienced the highest rainfall intensity on record in more than two decades – may continue across the country until Jan. 10, bringing heavy rains to West Sumatra, Riau, South Sumatra, Jambi, Lampung and Jakarta.