The dying toll from flash floods and landslides in and round Indonesia’s capital Jakarta reached at the least 21 on Thursday, with extra heavy rain forecast, authorities mentioned.
The deadliest floods in years displaced greater than 30,000 folks and induced chaos throughout components of Southeast Asia’s largest metropolis with prepare strains blocked and energy outages in some areas.
Social affairs ministry spokesman Joko Hariyanto mentioned in a message to Reuters that the dying toll had now reached 21.
Swathes of Jakarta and close by cities had been inundated after heavy rain fell on Dec. 31 and into the early hours of New 12 months’s Day.
Indonesia’s geophysics company forecast rain accompanied by lightning and powerful winds in a while Thursday.
Authorities didn’t give a full breakdown of the causes of dying for all the victims, however earlier mentioned 4 folks had drowned, 4 died in landslides and 4 extra had been electrocuted, whereas three died of hypothermia.
Jakarta and its environment are dwelling to greater than 30 million folks. Greater than 50 folks died in one of many capital’s deadliest floods in 2007 and 5 years in the past a lot of the centre of town was inundated after canals overflowed.
Metropolis authorities have in the previous few years sought to enhance low-lying Jakarta’s vulnerability to flooding through the wet season.