During the flooding in January, two inhabitants were killed after being swept away by floodwaters."
Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA News) - Two inhabitants of Tangerang, Banten Province, died after being caught in flood waters that inundated the city in January.

"During the flooding in January, two inhabitants were killed after being swept away by floodwaters," Iksan Bakti, the head of the youths emergency response team of Tangerang, said here on Saturday.

The victims were Lukman, 22, and a 62-year-old man identified by the initials UW.

UW was swept away by floodwaters on January 20 and his body was discovered three hours later. Lukman was caught in the flood on January 29. His body was recovered on January 31, 2014.

Heavy rains earlier this week triggered floods that inundated four housing complexes in Tangerang.

The floodwaters, reaching heights of 2.5 meters, swept through the housing complexes of Total Persada, Puri Cipondoh Asri, Home Affairs Ministrys DDN housing and Ciledug Indah, according to Iksan Bakti.

A number of roads, including Ciledug and Parung Serab, have also been flooded.

A total of 1,270 families have been affected by floods in the four housing complexes in Tangerang District.

"About 1,270 families have been affected by the floods across four housing complexes," Iksan Bakti added.

He pointed out that floods had affected Ciledug Indah 1 housing complex with 500 families, Home Affairs Ministrys DDN housing with 200 families, Puri Cipondoh Asri (70 families) and Total Persada (500 families).

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that 137 people have died and 1.1 million been evacuated due to floods and landslides in Indonesia as of January 27.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated in a recent press release that floods and landslides may continue to occur until March, due to normal rain patterns in the country, with its peak expected between January and March, except in Maluku and Halmahere, where peak rainfall is seen between June and July. ***3***



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