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Thousands evacuated amid floods in Indonesia’s West Java

February 22, 2021 GMT
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Indonesian women sit on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle carrying their belongings to high ground at an area flooded after the embankment of Citarum River burst, in Bekasi, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in the region sending muddy water into residential and commercial areas, inundating thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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Indonesian women sit on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle carrying their belongings to high ground at an area flooded after the embankment of Citarum River burst, in Bekasi, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in the region sending muddy water into residential and commercial areas, inundating thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of residents are being evacuated on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital amid flooding after the Citarum River embankment broke, officials said Monday.

Bekasi district in Indonesia’s West Java province have experienced flooding since Saturday because of heavy rain.

“Some embankments are broken, not only from the river embankment but also from the irrigation embankments,” Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said Monday.

Rescuers from the National Search and Rescue Agency have been deployed.

Raditya Jati, spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that more than 28,000 residents in four villages in Bekasi district and 34 villages in Karawang district are affected by the floods. At least 4,184 people are being evacuated.

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Thousands of houses in the area are covered with 100 to 250 centimeters (40 to 100 inches) of water and are without power.

Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.