An intense rainfall causing flooding in Jakarta Indonesian capital, has left more than 16 people dead.
According to the country Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency had measured 377 millimeters of rainfall in a day at an airport in East Jakarta.
It says this particular Rain is the most rain in a single day since at least 1996, when records supplied by the agency began. after the city had its most intense rainfall for at least 24 years “The rain falling on New Year’s Eve… is not ordinary rain,” said the agency.
Rainfall above 150mm per day is considered extreme by the agency.
The downpours led to landslides on the city’s outskirts, while closer to the centre, homes were submerged.
The victims ranged in age from 8 to 82. Some died of hypothermia, while others drowned or were killed by landslides.
One 16-year-old boy was electrocuted by a power line.
The death toll is the worst since 2013 when 47 deaths were reported. In 2007, more than 50 were reported killed.
Floods are common in the city around this time of year. They are one of the reasons President Joko Widodo plans to move the capital to East Borneo in the next few years.
Jakarta is one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world and experts say it could be entirely submerged by 2050.