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Flooding in Indonesian capital Jakarta kills five

2021-02-21T11:19:38.950Z

Severe floods that hit entire neighborhoods in the Indonesian capital Jakarta left five people dead, including four children, authorities said on Sunday as many residents returned to their homes to rehabilitate it. Torrential rains hit the city over the weekend, inundating dozens of main arteries and forcing hundreds of people to seek refuge in emergency shelters. Read also: Their land protects P



Severe floods that hit entire neighborhoods in the Indonesian capital Jakarta left five people dead, including four children, authorities said on Sunday as many residents returned to their homes to rehabilitate it.

Torrential rains hit the city over the weekend, inundating dozens of main arteries and forcing hundreds of people to seek refuge in emergency shelters.

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A 67-year-old man was found dead after being trapped in his house as the waters rose in the hard-hit southern part of the capital, Sabdo Kurnianto, director of the prevention agency, told AFP disasters in Jakarta.

He said three boys died after being washed away and a girl drowned.

Indonesia's meteorological agency has warned the megalopolis's roughly 30 million residents of the risk of heavy precipitation next week.

During the rainy season, Jakarta is regularly affected by flooding.

"

The river overflowed and it generated a lot of mud ... it causes a huge financial loss for me,

" lamented Ali Fatullah, a fruit seller in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta.

He said his furniture and electronics were damaged by water.

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According to Kurnianto, some 1,700 people were still in emergency accommodation even though many residents have started returning home.

The floods affected 200 neighborhoods of the megalopolis and 40 of them were still under at least 30 cm of water on Sunday.

Last year, the city experienced one of the deadliest floods in years, with downpours also leading to landslides.

At least 67 people in the capital and its outskirts died in the disaster.

Source: lefigaro

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