Floods & Landslides: Jakarta & Bogor Plagued by Torrential Rains

Floods & Landslides: Jakarta & Bogor Plagued by Torrential Rains”

Near Jakarta's main airport, a 24-year-old woman was rescued after spending some 14 hours trapped inside a vehicle buried under a landslide that stove in part of an underpass retaining wall.

Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or on flood plains.

Torrential rains in the greater Jakarta area and Bogor caused landslides in at least four places in Bogor's hilly Puncak region on Monday morning, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 7,288 families - totaling 11,450 residents - spread over 12 districts in East, South and West Jakarta have been affected by the floods, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data showed. Rescue teams include the police and military personnel.

"Although thousands of houses have been inundated, a lot of residents declined to evacuate".

"The people are urged to step up alertness in facing the possibility of floods, landslides and whirlwind from occurring as the month of February is the peak of rainy season", he told Xinhua in a text message.

A floodgate was opened upstream in the Ciliwung river to reduce the volume of water gushing through Jakarta, he added.

The water level in Katulampa dam in Bogor, West Java, reached 240 centimeters prompting a level I alert on Monday.

In 2007, more than 50 people were killed in one of the deadliest floods in Jakarta.

Jakarta has suffered from flooding in previous years.

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