Palu, C Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Unremitting torrential rains triggered flooding that affected some 100 families in West Palu Sub-district, Palu City, Central Sulawesi Province, the local Search and Rescue Office stated.

"The team had evacuated residents since Wednesday (Sept 23) evening at 23:30 WITA (Central Indonesian Standard Time) until Thursday morning. A total of 100 families are affected there," Head of the Palu Search and Rescue Office Andrias Hendrik Johannes stated here on Thursday.

Through the deployment of evacuation equipment, including trucks, cars, and boats, the SAR team evacuated at least 27 residents to a safer area.

"We are assisted by four Polri personnel, four PMI (Indonesian Red Cross) volunteers, and six local 'Tagana' volunteers. A total of 25 people joined the SAR team," he noted.

In the meantime, rains lashing all night long submerged 49 neighborhood associations (RTs) in Jakarta on Tuesday morning, Chief of the Data, Information, and Communication Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Raditya Jati stated.

"The BPBD DKI Jakarta (the Jakarta Provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency) reported that 15 people had fled their homes after several areas were flooded since Monday night (Sept 21). Officers have readied evacuee posts in the affected areas," he noted in a press statement released in Jakarta, on Tuesday.

Jati noted that the floods affected 23 RTs in East Jakarta, with floodwaters ranging from 10 centimeters (cm) to 100 cm in height and 14 RTs in West Jakarta, with floodwaters scaling heights of between 10 cm and 100 cm.

Floods additionally hit 10 RTs in South Jakarta, with floodwaters reaching 10 cm to 40 cm in height; one RT in North Jakarta, with floodwaters ranging from 20 cm to 50 cm in height; and one RT in Central Jakarta, with floodwaters reaching a height of 20 cm.

"Four evacuee posts have been readied, including the Mushola (Mosque) Riyadhul Saadah in Kembangan Utara, PT Delta Laras Wisata in RW (community unit) 07 in Rawajati, Rawajati public health service post 2 in RW 07 in Rawajati, and the yard of RW 07 official house in Rawajati," he remarked.

By Tuesday morning, some areas in West Jakarta, including those in the sub-districts of Palmerah, Kebon Jeruk, Grogol, Kembangan, and Cengkareng, were still inundated. Related news: Sukabumi declares emergency status following flash floods
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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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