Massive Floods Affect Jakarta During New Year

Indonesia capital Jakarta started the new year badly as the city has been affected by the worst flood ever experienced in more than a decade

( Photo: The Jakarta Post)

Indonesia capital Jakarta started the new year badly as the city has been affected by the worst flood ever experienced in more than a decade

Jakarta started the new year with a splash as the city experienced its worst rainfall in over a decade on Tuesday night. The heavy rain constantly pounding over the city nonstop until Wednesday, causing severe flooding in the capital and its satellite cities on the first day of 2020. The flood was particularly heavy in Central Jakarta as the water invaded many streets and roads.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded rainfall intensity on New Year’s Eve at 377 millimetres per day, according to an observation conducted at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta. The figures are the highest in the city since 2007 when rainfall intensity reached 340 mm per day back to 2007.

“The rain falling on New Year’s Eve in the western and northern parts of Java was very extreme and triggered floods in Greater Jakarta and Cikampek in West Java. This rain is not ordinary rain,” the agency wrote in a statement.

Transportation infrastructure was severely affected, especially rail network around Greater Jakarta as well as Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta second air gateway which welcomes mostly low-cost carriers. Rail network around Tanah Abang was also affected forcing to interrupt commuter lines.

Talking to the Jakarta Post, Transportation Ministry’s air transportation director-general, Polana B. Pramesti, said the airport has been closed since midnight since its runways were inundated by up to 80 centimetres of water. “We cannot predict when the water will recede,” she said in a statement.

At least 10 flights were reportedly delayed while others have been redirected to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Banten.

Flooding in Greater Jakarta has claimed at least 26 lives and forced thousands of people to abandon their homes. The most affected area was the Bogor regency. More rain is expected until Saturday according to weather specialists.