Severe flooding in Greater Jakarta reportedly claims 16 lives

Severe flooding in Greater Jakarta reportedly claims 16 lives

Photo File: Some police officers evacuated an elder woman during a massive flood in Cipinang Melayu, Jakarta, Wednesday, (Jan 1, 2020). ANTARA/HO/Korpolair Baharkam Polri/gtm

Following several reports from our field officers, of the total 16 casualties, eight were reported dead in Jakarta; one in Bekasi; three in Depok; one in Bogor city; one in Bogor district; one in Tangerang; and one in South Tangerang
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) made a recent announcement here, today, of 16 people reportedly dead owing to heavy downpour in Jakarta and Greater Jakarta after the New Year's celebrations, Wednesday (Jan 1).

"Following several reports from our field officers, of the total 16 casualties, eight were reported dead in Jakarta; one in Bekasi; three in Depok; one in Bogor city; one in Bogor district; one in Tangerang; and one in South Tangerang," BNPB's spokesperson, Agus Wibowo, noted in a statement received here on Thursday.

He estimated that the figure may be higher, as his office will renew the number based on reports on the field.

In Jakarta, most victims, including two men aged 16 and 82, were reported dead owing to hypothermia, drowning, and electrical shock, Wibowo expounded. However, four died in Bekasi, Depok, and Bogor owing to landslides after torrential rains and massive flooding continued unabated for over 20 hours.

Apart from the casualties, the massive floods also compelled at least 19,109 residents to evacuate to higher ground.

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During the incident, the state-electricity firm will continue to temporarily turn off the power for security reasons. A day after the massive flooding, power stations in Bandengan, Bulungan, Cempaka Putih, Cengkareng, and Lenteng Agung remained shut, the firm's executive vice president corporate communication, I Made Suprateka, noted in a statement, Thursday.

However, the state power firm has restored some power houses in Bintaro, Ciputat, Ciracas, Kebon Jeruk, Kramat Djati, Marunda, Pondok Gede, parts of Pondok Kopi, and Menteng.

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