Floods caused by heavy rain and landslides in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and the adjacent Banten province on the island of Java killed eight people, about 120 thousand became homeless, said on Thursday the national media.
"We need the help of the central government in full — and the need to act quickly," — said the governor of Jakarta Special Capital District Joko Widodo (Joko Widodo).
Two people drowned in the big city, in a number of areas where the water level reached up to three meters. The situation is particularly severe in the east of the capital, where the flooded seven out of ten administrative regions, paralyzed traffic. A spokesperson for the Office of Disaster Management (BNPB) Purva Sutopo Nugroho (Sutopo Purwo Nugroho), almost 9.4 thousand people were forced to leave their homes and take refuge in mosques and hospitals.
Another six people were killed in a landslide in the satellite city of Bogor Indonesia's capital, while in Banten province, as stated by the head of the local branch BNPB Suyadi Viraatmadzha (Suyadi Wiraatmadja), over 109,000 people have lost shelter. A few days were paralyzed traffic on the highway that connects Jakarta with Merak port where ferries arrive from the neighboring island of Sumatra.
The current rainy season in Indonesia worsened chronic problems metropolis, where, according to expert estimates, is home to 25 million people. Foundation on which stands Jakarta, sags due to the active use of ground water. City "sink" at a rate ten centimeters per year, and, according to national media, now more than half of the capital lies below sea level. In this regard, during the rainy season, many areas of Jakarta are flooded.