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


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. 

Residents take a rest at the flood victims refugee camp in the National Logistics belongs to National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
Flood victims at an evacuation shelter managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)
Resident cleans up mud after the flood submerged Pondok Gede Permai area in Jatiasih, Bekasi, West Java on Thursday (02/01). (Antara Photo/ Risky Andrianto)
Residents take shelter at a TransJakarta bus stop in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta. (Antara Photo/ Risky Andrianto)
Residents use a cart to transport motorist who wants to cross the flood under the Kembangan flyover, West Jakarta on Thursday (02/01). (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
A motorcycle being transported across a flooded area on a wooden cart. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)
A resident crosses the flood in the Kampung Baru area, Kembangan, West Jakarta, Thursday (02/01). Floods that have occurred since Wednesday are still submerging the area and until now there has been no assistance so that many residents and children are trapped inside their homes. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
Floodwater in Kampung Baru, West Jakarta, is neck-deep in many spots. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
Residents charge their cellphones during floods at Kembangan area, West Jakarta on Thursday (02/01). Resident must pay Rp. 5,000 to be able to charge their gadgets until they are fully charged. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
A makeshift cellphone charging station in Kembangan, West Jakarta. People can pay Rp 5,000 (36 cents) to get their phones charged to full capacity. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
Resident make their car as makeshift shelter during flood at Kampung Baru, Kembangan, West Jakarta on Thursday (02/01) (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
A family taking shelter inside a car in Kembangan, West Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)