Nine dead and thousands evacuated by floods in Jakarta NOW

Nine people died on Wednesday due to major flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Thousands of people have been evacuated, reports news agency AP.

During the New Year celebration, heavy showers of rain passed over the capital. Because of these monsoon rains, many rivers have burst their banks and nearly ninety neighborhoods in Jakarta are flooded. The rain also caused a landslide in Depok, a city on the outskirts of Jakarta.

More than 19,000 people are housed in temporary reception centers. Due to the expected rain showers, more than 120,000 emergency workers have been deployed in recent days to help people evacuate and to install mobile water pumps. During the entire rainy season, which lasts until April, there is a chance of flooding in Jakarta.

30 million people live in the city of Jakarta and the area around it. Many earthquakes and floods are taking place in the area, resulting in many casualties. President Joko Widodo announced in August that the capital of Indonesia will move to the East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, where fewer people live.

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