Bekasi, Wrst Java (ANTARA News) - The residential areas located along the banks of Bekasi River were inundated as it overflowed its banks on Wednesday evening, around midnight.

The flood-affected residential areas included Pondok Mitra Lestari and Pondok Gede Permai housing complexes in Jatiasih Sub-district, Bekasi City, Tio, a local resident, stated on Thursday morning.

Pondok Gede Permai was the worst hit as a dam burst due to the flooding, Kartono, another resident, noted.

The floodwaters in Pondok Gede Permai reached heights ranging between 40 and 60 centimeters.

In the meantime, parts of Jakarta were also hit by flash floods originating from Bogor, Jakarta, on Thursday morning.

Kampung Pulo and Bidara Cina in East Jakarta were submerged in floodwaters reaching a height of up to four meters. Pancoran and Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta were inundated with waters reaching a height of nearly a meter.

The flash floods from Bogor, West Java, forced 487 inhabitants of Kampung Pulo and Bidara Cina to evacuate to higher grounds.

Of the 487 evacuees, 430 were residents of Kampung Pulo and 57 of Bidara Cina, Bambang Musyawardana of the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) stated.

They sought refuge in the health office and mosques following floods that reached heights ranging between 30 centimeters and four meters in East Jakarta, he noted.

"Relief aid comprising food and medicines have been provided by the health office, and the BPBD is coordinating the relief efforts," he remarked.

In South Jakarta, the floods affected some 600 households and forced 268 residents to seek temporary shelter.

In the meantime, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned the residents of Jakarta of possible flooding that may inundate the city in the third week of January 2015.

"The floods in January 2014 were lighter than in January 2013. We hope it is much lighter in January 2015, but the people must be ready to face the worst," Deputy of BNPBs Emergency Management, Tri Budiarto, remarked on Tuesday.

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