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Indonesia: Number of Dead Grows to 30 After Floods

  • This have become the worst floods since 2013, when 47 people died.

    This have become the worst floods since 2013, when 47 people died. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 January 2020

The main death causes are hypothermia, drowning, electrocutions, landslides and landslides, in Jakarta and cities in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital like Tangerang, Bekasi and Bogor.

The number of people killed in the floods in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and its outlying areas increased to 30 and tens of thousands of people have had to be evacuated the government informed.

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A large part of the tragedy took place in Jakarta and the rest were distributed in Tangerang, Bekasi and Bogor, cities in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, where some 30 million people live, the disaster management agency BNPB said in a statement.

The main causes of death are hypothermia, drowning, electrocutions and landslides, after heavy rains in the new year, the government agency added. Monsoon rains and river floods reached at least 182 neighborhoods and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts.

Reports from the country's geophysical agency that the extreme storm would still last until January 7th. This has become the worst flood since 2013 when 47 people died.

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However, Dwikorita Karnawati, head of that institution, told reporters separately that the heavy rains will last until mid-February.

Heavy rains that hit the Great Jakarta since New Year's Eve have submerged some parts of the region. In the city proper, more than 10 million people live, and about 30 million live in the surroundings. Therefore, at least 120,000 officials have been deployed to respond to the natural disaster.

On the last day of the year, up to 370 millimeters (14.5 inches) of rain was recorded in Jakarta and the hills of West Java, which caused the overflow of the Ciliwung and Cisadane rivers, said Anies Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta.

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