Over 50 people killed in Jakarta floods
Days of lashing rain have caused widespread flooding, the worst in five years, and put about 75 per cent of Jakarta under water.india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 14:10 IST
The massive floods that hit the Indonesian capital and its surrounding areas have claimed more than 50 lives and displaced some 263,000 residents in the last six days, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.
Days of lashing rain have caused widespread flooding, the worst in five years, and put about 75 per cent of Jakarta under water.
Most of the deaths have occurred in east Jakarta, where 16 people drowned to death or were killed in flood-related accidents, including electrocutions, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the crisis management centre.
Thousands of residents have taken refuge along railroads, under flyovers and even in cemeteries in west and north Jakarta to seek safety.
Relief workers have set up temporary shelters in public buildings, such as schools, mosques and train stations to accommodate refugees.
The torrential downpour began subsiding Tuesday evening but pools of muddy water remained in many parts of Greater Jakarta, as government officials warned that heavy rains were very likely till next month.
Many flights were delayed and long traffic jams hit the main roads in the capital during the flooding.
Bad city planning and poor drainage have been blamed for the unanticipated floods.