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.
A number of off road cars belonging to the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) were deployed to pull cars that were trapped in a flood on Kemang Raya Street, Jakarta, on Saturday, February 20.
A number of officers prepare to evacuate and deliver logistics to residents affected by the flood at Bumi Nasio Indah Housing, Jati Asih, Bekasi, Sunday, February 21.
Floods are still inundating the Periuk Sub-District, Periuk District, Tangerang City, Banten until Monday, February 22, since Saturday, February 20. The floods in the area were due to overflowing Ciracap River and heavy rain on last Saturday.
Rails that were flooded due to extreme weather resulted in the cancellation of long-distance train trips from Gambir Station and Pasar Senen Station, Jakarta, Monday, February 22.
Portrait of internally displaced people (IDP) post for flood victims of Cipinang Melayu residents at Borobudur University, Sunday, February 21.
(Writer: Retia Kartika Dewi | Editor: Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)