JAKARTA: 9 individuals died after Indonesia’s capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities stated Wednesday (Jan 1), as torrential rains on New Yr’s Eve left huge swathes of the megalopolis submerged.
Electrical energy was switched off in lots of of waterlogged neighbourhoods throughout Jakarta, dwelling to about 30 million, with some prepare traces and one of many metropolis’s airports additionally shut.16-year-old was electrocuted by an influence line, whereas three extra individuals died of hypothermia, stated Jakarta catastrophe administration company head Subejo.
“We’re hoping that the floodwaters will recede, but when the rain retains up it will proceed,” stated the official, who like many Indonesians goes by one identify.
Among the many victims was an aged couple trapped inside their dwelling in a district the place floodwaters reached as excessive as 4m after a river burst its banks.
One other sufferer drowned whereas 4 individuals had been killed after the Tuesday night downpour triggered landslides within the metropolis’s outskirts.
“Now we have shut down energy (in lots of areas) to keep away from extra electrical shocks,” Ikhsan Asaad, an official at state agency PLN, instructed AFP.
Asaad stated he couldn’t estimate what number of residents had been affected by the facility shutdown.
“We’re presently specializing in taking measures to make sure individuals’s security,” he added
Authorities stated about 13,000 individuals had been evacuated, however that determine didn’t embrace residents in Jakarta’s satellite tv for pc cities.
“We’re evacuating individuals proper now,” Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan instructed reporters.
“Everybody dwelling close to rivers ought to anticipate (extra) flooding,” he added.
Photographs from throughout the area confirmed waterlogged houses and automobiles submerged in muddy floodwaters, whereas some individuals took to paddling in small rubber lifeboats or tyre inner-tubes to get round.
The catastrophe marked Jakarta’s worst flooding since 2013 when a number of dozen individuals had been killed when the town was inundated by monsoon rains.
Jakarta is often hit by floods throughout Indonesia’s wet season, which began in late November.
On Wednesday, service at Halim Perdanakusuma airport, which handles business and army planes, was briefly shut resulting from extreme flooding on its runways, in line with the transport ministry.
Many flights had been transferred to Jakarta’s predominant Soekarno-Hatta Worldwide Airport.