Jakarta (ANTARA) - Some 170 households in the Bidara Cina neighborhood area of East Jakarta bore the brunt of flooding on Monday morning after the Ciliwung River overflowed following downpour in Bogor, West Java Province.

The floodwaters reached a height of 1.5 meters at around 4:30 a.m. local time though began receding to reach 80 centimeters at 10 a.m. local time, according to Umar, 27, a local resident whose house also got submerged by the floodwaters.

Umar believes that the Ciliwung River normalization project should to be continued to address the problem of recurrent flooding.

Bidara Cina Neighborhood Secretary Sri Mulyati noted that the floodwaters affected 170 households though began receding on Monday morning.

Over 1,200 residents of East Jakarta's Kebon Pala area also experienced flooding on early Monday after the Ciliwung River overflowed.

The floodwaters reached a height of over 1.5 meters before they began receding at around 7:30 a.m. local time, according to a Kebon Pala resident named Jhony, 41.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported on Sunday evening that the water level of Sunter Hulu River had touched 300 centimeters at around 10 p.m. local time or exceeded its normal height of 150 centimeters.

The downpour in Bogor, West Java Province, had raised the water volume of Sunter Hulu River, located at the meeting point of Ciliwung River on Kebon Pala in the Kampung Melayu neighborhood, Jatinegara Sub-district, according to the agency.

As of Monday morning, floodwaters had yet to recede completely. Local residents chose to stay in their two-storey houses rather than move to temporary shelters.

Head of Kampung Melayu neighborhood Setiawan stated that the flooding had affected some 1,264 residents from the Kebon Pala residential areas of RW04, RW05, RW06, RW07, and RW08.

Early this year, flash floods, triggered by high-intensity rainfall over several days, had swamped several areas in 17 sub-districts of Jakarta and other sub-districts in the capital city's metropolitan areas, including Bekasi and Bogor.

At least 46 people died in the floods that also compelled 173,064 residents in Jakarta's greater areas to shift to safer ground, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
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