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Severe floods kill five in Jakarta

JAKARTA: People put out furniture to dry in the sun next to a wall where the Krukut river broke through and flooded the area in Kemang in Jakarta yesterday, a day after parts of Indonesia’s capital were inundated with flooding from seasonal heavy rains.-AFP

JAKARTA: Five people were killed in the severe floods that submerged entire neighborhoods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, authorities said yesterday, as residents returned to clean their homes and salvage belongings. The city was struck by torrential rains over the weekend, which flooded dozens of major roads and forced hundreds of people to rush to emergency shelters.

A 67-year-old man was found dead after he became trapped in his waterlogged house in the badly hit southern part of the capital on Saturday, Jakarta disaster mitigation agency head Sabdo Kurnianto told AFP.

He added that three boys died after being swept away by the floods, and one girl drowned. Indonesia’s meteorological agency warned that Greater Jakarta-a region of around 30 million people that is regularly hit by floods in the rainy season-can expect more heavy downpours next week. “The river overflowed and brought a lot of mud… I have suffered great financial loss,” said Ali Fatullah, a fruit seller in the town of Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta.

He said furniture and electronic devices were damaged by the water. Kurnianto said some 1,700 people remained in shelters, though many residents had started returning to their homes. Floodwaters had hit 200 neighborhoods in the region, and 40 were still under at least one foot of water yesterday. Jakarta saw some of its deadliest floods in years in January last year after downpours that also triggered landslides. At least 67 people in the capital and nearby cities were killed in that disaster. – AFP


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