Flooding Cripples Indonesian Capital


VOA News

Feb 26, 2020

Thousands of homes and buildings remained largely underwater as floods crippled much of Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta, Wednesday, February 26.

READ MORE: Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia’s capital worsened this week, inundating thousands of homes and buildings, including the presidential palace, and paralyzing transport networks, officials and witnesses said.

Overnight rains caused more rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta starting Sunday, sending muddy water up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep into more residential and commercial areas, said Agus Wibowo, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesman.

Floodwaters entered parts of Indonesia’s presidential palace complex Tuesday morning but the situation was brought under control with water pumps, said Bey Machmudin, an official at the Presidential Office.

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