According to the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), at least 66 people have been killed in Jakarta as of Monday, January 6, due to flooding that has affected the Java island since Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Torrential rains resulting in flooding and landslides have caused significant damages, displacing at least 400,000 people in the greater metropolitan area. Recovery and rescue operations are ongoing in several districts. Some communities remain isolated due to damage to roads and bridges. Police and military personnel are using helicopters to drop food and supplies in cutoff areas.
According to meteorological authorities, rain of 102 mm (4 in) is expected in Jakarta and the central area of Java over the coming days, possibly resulting in additional damages to the region. Further flooding, landslides, and transportation and business disruptions are possible, as well as disruptions to power and communication services over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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