Indonesia floods kill five people and leave thousands homeless

Five people have died and thousands were forced from their homes after severe floods in Indonesia while an earthquake also rattled the country today. 

The muddy deluge inundated the presidential palace, a major hospital and entire neighbourhoods across Jakarta yesterday.  

The heavy rains came only weeks after 70 residents of the low-lying megacity died in some of Indonesia’s worst flooding in recent memory. 

Separately, a 5.9-magnitude tremor shook the east of the country today and was felt as far away as the north of Australia. 

A young boy holds his belongings above the water as he wades chest-deep through a flooded street in Jakarta yesterday, where severe flooding killed five people 

Residents clean up flood damage by the side of a polluted river in Jakarta today, a day after 3ft floods in Indonesia's capital

Residents clean up flood damage by the side of a polluted river in Jakarta today, a day after 3ft floods in Indonesia’s capital 

Cars and motorcycles are hindered by the high waters yesterday in the Puri Indah neighbourhood of Jakarta

Cars and motorcycles are hindered by the high waters yesterday in the Puri Indah neighbourhood of Jakarta 

Two teenagers were among the five people drowned or electrocuted in hard-hit parts of the city, Indonesia’s national disaster agency said.   

‘The joint rescue team is still searching’ for three other possible victims, agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said. 

Nearly 20,000 people were staying in emergency shelters, he added.  

Floodwaters reached more three feet in some parts of the capital, with rescuers searching drenched districts in pontoon boats to locate vulnerable residents. 

Parts of the city had ground to a halt as thousands of buildings were swamped, sparking power outages and disrupting commuter trains.

Jakarta, a sprawling city beleaguered by massive traffic jams and poor infrastructure, is prone to flooding during the annual wet season.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo last year unveiled plans to relocate the capital to an as yet unbuilt city on Borneo island.

Indonesia’s weather agency linked the rains to tropical cyclones, but the agency head also said such extreme weather events were happening with greater intensity and more frequently.



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