Thousands forced from homes in Indonesia’s capital city as floodwaters rise

27-Feb-2020 Intellasia | ACCU Weather | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Over a thousand families are displaced in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta as heavy rain filled the streets with floodwaters into Tuesday. More rain in the forecast can exacerbate flooding across the archipelago through at least this week.

Areas of rain and thunderstorms developed across the islands of Indonesia Monday night into Tuesday. Northerly winds along the northern coast of the island of Java ushered in tropical moisture, fuelling tropical downpours across the island.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) were reported across western Java. The heaviest downpours produced 100-278 mm (4-11 inches) of rain across the Jakarta.

Of the 278 mm (11 inches) of rain reported at the Jakarta Observatory, about 156 mm (6.14 inches) of the total came within about 3 hours.

Indonesians wade through flood water on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta sending muddy water into residential and commercial areas, inundating thousands of homes and paralyzing parts of the city's transport networks, officials said. (AP)

Indonesians wade through flood water on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta sending muddy water into residential and commercial areas, inundating thousands of homes and paralyzing parts of the city’s transport networks, officials said. (AP)

About 300 houses have been inundated with water, and more than 1,000 families have been displaced after water began to fill city streets around 3 a.m., local time, reported Metro TV.

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and sits on the northwestern coast of Java. The city is home to about 30 million people and is one of the most populous urban areas, second only to Tokyo.

While dry conditions returned to the city late Tuesday and continued through Tuesday night, the break in the wet weather is not expected to last long.

Onshore winds are forecast to continue on Wednesday and a surge of tropical moisture can once again fuel periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms across the island, added to the flooding.

“The active period [will continue] with rounds of heavy rainfall across Indonesia into at least early March,” stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman.

“It won’t take much for additional rounds of heavy rainfall to aggravate flooding.”

Flash flooding is not uncommon across Indonesia as the country is located in a tropical climate. Just days ago, flash flooding swelled the Sempor River in central parts of the island of Java. Six students were killed after dozens were pulled into the floodwaters.

Just south of the Indonesia archipelago, Severe Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand spins over the Indian Ocean. The storm is expected to remain south of the islands with little to no impacts expected.

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