Indonesias disaster relief officials said the death toll in Jakarta and surrounding areas rose to 53 Wednesday as rescuers found more bodies in the receding floods, AP reported.
At the peak of the flood, the water level in some areas once rose to 6 meters. The city of Bekasi, on the eastern outskirts of Jakarta, suffered a serious disaster, with streets full of rubble, damaged cars piled up with each other, and the water level reached the second floor of the building, said vebovo, spokesman of Indonesias national disaster response department.
On January 3, local time, the streets of Bekasi, West Java province, Indonesia were muddy. The picture shows local residents using motorcycles to transport washing machines.
At the time of the worst flooding, some 397000 people in metropolitan areas took refuge in shelters, according to vebovo. According to data released by his agency, some 173000 people are still unable to return home, most of them in the worst hit area of bekaxi.
The health department sent 11000 personnel, together with soldiers, to distribute drugs and disinfectants to the victims to prevent hepatitis A, dengue and other infectious diseases.
It is reported that more than 30 million people live in Jakarta and its surrounding areas. Due to the old infrastructure, there are frequent floods. The flood is the worst in Jakarta since 2013. At that time, Jakarta was flooded by monsoon rains, killing 57 people.