The death toll in Indonesia has increased to 29, after torrential rains pounded the Jakarta region, triggering floods and landslides which left vast swaths of the megalopolis underwater.
Tens of thousands fled to temporary shelters across the capital region home to some 30 million with scores of houses damaged in the deadliest flooding in years, after torrential rains on New Year’s Eve.
Images showed waterlogged homes and cars covered in muddy floodwaters, while some people took to paddling in small rubber lifeboats or tyre inner-tubes to get around.
In Bekasi, on the outskirts of the city, receding waters revealed swampy streets littered with debris and crushed cars lying on top of each other with waterline marks reaching as high as buildings’ second floors.
“I saw the water coming and it just kept getting higher and higher,” said Deddy Supriadi, after a local river overflowed on the first day of 2020.
“It swept away 40 or 50 cars that were parked right here,” he told AFP.