Jakarta – Moderate to heavy rain in Greater Jakarta on Sunday night has left at least 56 neighborhood units (RT) inundated and displaced hundreds of residents.
The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)'s data and information center head, Mohammad Insaf, said floodwaters reached 10 to 150 centimeters in most of the affected areas on Monday morning.
"There are 23 neighborhood units inundated in South Jakarta, while there are 31 RTs in East Jakarta and 2 RTs in West Jakarta," Insaf said in a statement on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.
Floodwaters reached a depth of up to 150 cm in parts of South Jakarta and East Jakarta and up to 30 cm in West Jakarta.
As many as 257 South Jakarta residents took shelter at two locations when the floods struck their residential areas, namely at the Al-Ma'muriah mushola (prayer room) in East Cilandak and the Al Ma'mur mosque in East Pejaten.
Floods from heavy rain in the capital city and the upstream areas also struck parts of Jakarta last month. Governor Anies Baswedan has urged stakeholders to prepare for potentially hazardous flooding in the capital as the rainy season approaches.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that several regions in the country have entered the rainy season. The La Nina weather phenomenon would also increase rainfall intensity in some parts of Indonesia as it tends to cause extreme weather in the Indonesian archipelago. (syk)