About a thousand people were evacuated due to flooding in Jakarta

Flooding caused by heavy rains in the Indonesian capital Jakarta has paralyzed traffic in several parts of the metropolis and forced authorities to evacuate nearly a thousand people, according to a Friday newspaper Jakarta Globe.

As the chairman of the Moscow Office of Disaster Harp Akili (Arfan Akili), water levels in some areas of the city at the height of disaster reached 2.5 meters. "The height of the water in East Jakarta was 30 to 250 centimeters, but (now) it dropped to 10-50 centimeters," — he said.

Total in Jakarta last night were evacuated 953 persons, and in some areas of the city rescuers worked on boats, added Akili. "There were no casualties, were only material losses," — he said.

According to Indonesian media reports, the floods in Jakarta over the weekend killed three people. Meanwhile, the National Office of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) Indonesia warns that flood peak is yet to come. According to forecasters, most precipitation falls in the city in December.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Indonesia has announced this month the country's three largest cities — Jakarta, Bandung and Semarang — "zone alarm" due to the subsidence of the soil because there is active consumption of groundwater. Jakarta "sink" at a rate ten centimeters a year. According to the national media, now more than half of the capital lies below sea level, due to the rainy season than in many parts of Jakarta are flooded: powerful pumps, bilge water, do not do their job.

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