FLood swamp several cities across the country

A RAINY February brought on the same old, same old, as Jakarta and neighboring lowland areas flooded from the heavy downpours. In Jakarta, flooding affected almost every area of the city with East Jakarta getting the worst of hit: 13.000 residents there were forced to evacuate their homes.
The Coordination Boards for Disaster Mitigation (Satkorlak) reported 42.000 city residents in all fled theirs homes to find dry shelter because their houses were inundated. Elsewhere, heavy rains lasting for days in several regencies brought on flooding anl landslides which killed at least six people and damaged paddies and rice crops.
In Surakarta, Central Java, Bengawan Solo Rivers burst its banks and flooded homes with waters as high as 1.5 meters. The swelling of the river was likely caused by flash flooding in the Bengawan Solo's uppers tributaries. The floods also disrupted transportation system.
Airport in Semarang, Central Java, and Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara closed down when their runways were submerged, delaying some flights. Trains on Java had to interrupt their service as rail lines connecting western and eastern parts of the island were also flooded.

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