Jakarta – Seven neighborhood units (RTs) in South Jakarta and West Jakarta were inundated after a heavy downpour in the capital on Friday afternoon.
Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency official Insaf said two RTs in Bangka subdistrict, South Jakarta, and five others in Srengseng, North Sukabumi, and Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, were flooded until 5 p.m.
"The flooding ranged from 10 to 70 centimeters in depth. Despite the flooding, no residents have taken shelter yet," Insaf said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.
In addition to the seven RTs, at least 19 roads in the city were flooded, including Jl. Pramuka in Matraman, East Jakarta, and Jl. Ciledug Raya in South Jakarta.
The Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned that torrential rain accompanied by lightning and strong winds would hit many parts of the country between Friday and Sunday.
The agency previously warned that the ongoing La Nina weather phenomenon could increase total precipitation in Indonesia by up to 40 percent until February 2021.
La Nina, a periodic cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, tends to cause extreme weather in the archipelago. The BMKG has warned authorities that continuous extreme weather could result in flooding and landslides in many parts of the country. (aly)