Five people died and thousands were forced out of their homes after heavy flooding in Indonesia, while an earthquake today also rattled the country.
The muddy flood flooded the presidential palace, a large hospital and entire neighborhoods in Jakarta yesterday.
The heavy rains came just weeks after 70 inhabitants of the low-lying mega-city died in some of Indonesia’s worst floods in recent memory.
Separately, a quake with a magnitude of 5.9 today shook the east of the country and was felt just as far away as the north of Australia.
A young boy holds his possessions above water while wading deep into a flooded street in Jakarta yesterday, where five people died
Residents today clean up flood damage on a polluted river in Jakarta, a day after 3ft floods in the capital of Indonesia
Cars and motorcycles were hampered by the high waters in the Puri Indah district of Jakarta yesterday
Two teenagers were among the five people who were drowned or electrocuted in severely affected parts of the city, the Indonesian national emergency agency said.
“The joint rescue team is still looking for three other possible victims,” said spokesman Agus Wibowo.
Nearly 20,000 people stayed in emergency centers, he added.
Floodwaters reached more than three feet in some parts of the capital, with rescuers looking for soaked districts in pontoon boats to locate vulnerable residents.
Parts of the city had come to a halt when thousands of buildings were flooded, caused power outages and disrupted commuter trains.
Jakarta, a vast city stricken by huge traffic jams and poor infrastructure, is susceptible to flooding during the annual wet season.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled plans last year to relocate the capital to a city not yet built on the island of Borneo.
The Indonesian weather agency linked the rain to tropical cyclones, but the director of the agency also said that such extreme weather events were more intense and frequent.
Residents of Jakarta lead their children through the high water after heavy rainfall caused widespread floods and a flood of up to three feet
Floodwaters fell back today, but roads like this were muddy after the high water on Tuesday
A map of the US Geological Survey with the location of the 5.9 earthquake in Indonesia today. It felt just as far away as Australia
Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan, said more than 200 neighborhoods have been affected.
‘We focus on mitigation. We have prepared all the means to be deployed, “he told reporters.
Nana Setiawan, a 50-year-old resident of East Jakarta, said his house was hit four times by flooding this year.
“I moved here three years ago, and as far as I know, the floods will normally only take place once a year or even once in five years,” he said.
“But this year it has been four times and today is the worst.”
The water flowed back today.
Today’s earthquake was separate, but caused a 5.9 magnitude quake in East Indonesia, although there was no tsunami warning.
The submarine earthquake hit at a depth of 38 miles, about 170 kilometers southwest of the city of Tual in the province of Maluku in the archipelago.
Witnesses told security service EMSC that they had seen doors and aquariums vibrate as far away as the Northern Territory of Australia.
In 2018 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on the island of Sulawesi left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
High water in Jakarta yesterday, where nearly 20,000 people are in emergency shelter during the last disaster in the country
A resident today fills a bucket of contaminated water in Jakarta, one day after the deadly floods