JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Heavy rains caused several areas in Greater Jakarta inundated in water up to two meters (6.5 feet) deep on Saturday, February 20, forcing hundreds of people to rush to emergency shelters.
The rains also overwhelmed Jakarta’s drainage system, causing several major streets and toll roads to be submerged in water up to 70 centimeters deep, rendering them inaccessible. The floods also affected areas that are not considered flood-prone.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said the extreme weather conditions in the Greater Jakarta areas were caused by several factors, such as the presence of air burst from Asia, atmospheric disturbances in the equator zone, and the emergence of low-pressure centers in northern Australia.
(Writer: Retia Kartika Dewi | Editor: Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)
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