World news – Thousands of people had to evacuate as flooding increased in Indonesia


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Thousands of homes on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta have been exposed to up to 2.5 meters of water overcast, leading to mass evacuations.

Thousands of residents are evacuated on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital during floods after the dam of the Citarum River broke.

The Bekasi district in the Indonesian province of West Java has been open since Saturday flooded due to heavy rain.

« Some embankments are broken, not only from the river dam, but also from the irrigation embankments, » said Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono on Monday.

Raditya Jati, spokesman the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 28,000 residents in four villages in Bekasi district and 34 villages in Karawang district were affected by the floods. At least 4184 people are evacuated.

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Thousands of houses in the area are covered with 1 to 2.5 meters of water and without electricity.

Seasonal rains and floods have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia in the past few days, a chain of 17,000 islands, where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile floodplain near rivers.

In Jakarta, some houses have been submerged under two meters of water and vehicles swept away on the streets, like television footage broadcast on Saturday showed.

At least 139 neighborhoods in Jakarta, home to about 10 million people, have been affected and more than 1,400 people have been displaced, said Sabdo Kurnianto, the city’s civil protection director.

Citizens went in using social media to cover families trapped in their homes awaiting rescue.

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