Intense rainfall produced deadly flooding in Jakarta

The Indonesian capital, Jakarta, had its most intense rainfall for at least 24 years. The intense rain began on New Year's Eve and continued through the night, leading to parts of the city being submerged and landslides on the outskirts.

At least 30 people have died in flooding and thousands evacuated. Tens of thousands of revellers in Jakarta were soaked by torrential rains as they waited for New Year's eve fireworks. About 20,000 passengers were stranded in Jakarta's domestic airport which was also stopped operations. More than 19,000 people were in temporary shelters. Dozens of cars were floating in muddy waters in the capital. The floods forced authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies and affected transport networks. Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan told media that about 120,000 rescuers had been deployed to evacuate those affected and install mobile water pumps. But authorities warned flooding was possible until April when the rainy season ends.


Jakarta is home to 10 million people or 30 million including those in its greater metropolitan area. Actually, Jakarta is rapidly sinking due to uncontrolled extraction of ground water. President Joko Widodo announced in August that the capital would move to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.