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Heavy flooding across parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the meteorological agency of the countries warning that conditions were set to continue for next week.

About 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated from the southern and eastern parts of the city, home to 10 million people after floodwaters reached a height of 1.8 meters (six meters) in some areas, said Sabdo Kurnianto, interim chairman of the National Board. of Jakarta for Disaster Management (BNPD), in a statement. He said no casualties were reported.

The floods come at a time when Indonesia is already facing the highest case load and number of deaths from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia as well as an economic recession.

The Indonesia Meteorological Agency (BMKG) has said the heaviest rain of the season could fall in and around the densely populated capital in the coming days, with extreme weather including heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds expected during next week.

BMKG said Jakarta will be on standby for the next four days, with data from the meteorological agency showing heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours with the Pasar Minggu area, south of Jakarta, recording 226 millimeters (8.9 inches) rain since Friday.



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