Severe floods kill five in Jakarta

JAKARTA (AFP) – Five people were killed in the severe floods that submerged entire neighbourhoods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, authorities said yesterday, as residents returned to clean their homes and salvage belongings.

The city was struck by torrential rains over the weekend, which flooded dozens of major roads and forced hundreds of people to rush to emergency shelters.

A 67-year-old man was found dead after he became trapped in his waterlogged house in the badly hit southern part of the capital on Saturday, Jakarta disaster mitigation agency head SabdoKurnianto told AFP.

He added that three boys died after being swept away by the floods, and one girl drowned.

Vehicles stop at the edge of a flooded road in Jakarta. PHOTO: AFP