Number of Jakarta flood evacuees rises to 1,545, says disaster body

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A horse-drawn cart carries passengers through floodwaters in Jakarta January 13, 2014.

JAKARTA - The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD DKI) says 1,545 residents have been evacuated, with flood water inundating homes in some places reported to be as deep as 2 metres.

"As of now, we've recorded 1,545 evacuees who've taken shelter in 23 evacuation locations. The residents have been forced to evacuate as floods have inundated their homes," said the agency's head of information, Bambang Surya Saputra, in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

According to the BPBD DKI, 28 sub-districts, comprising 233 neighbourhood units (RT) and 72 community units (RW) have been flooded. Thus far 3,742 households or 11,972 people have been affected by the flooding.

Among sub-districts inundated are Bidara Cina, Cawang, Cilandak Barat, Cililitan, Kampung Melayu, Kebagusan, Kramat Jati, Ulujami, Petamburan and Pondok Pinang. The depth of flood water varies from 50 centimetres to 2 metres.

"Therefore, we urge all Jakarta residents to remain vigilant against flood threats in their areas. Just be prepared to evacuate and please follow directives from the evacuation officials," said Bambang.

He added the agency had also coordinated with nine provincial working units to deal with flooding in the capital city. These are the Fire and Disaster Management Department, the Transportation Agency, the Public Works Agency, the Industry and Energy Agency, the Cleaning Agency, the Cemeteries and Parks Agency, the Social Affairs Agency, the Health Agency and the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP).

"We have also asked each area to activate flood posts both at district and sub-district levels," said Bambang.

Citing the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), he said rains of moderate to heavy intensity were expected to occur until Tuesday, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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