175,000 people ended up displaced in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and nearby towns, after flash floods and landslides killed at least 53 people, amid some of the heaviest rain since records began, authorities said on Saturday.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said the fatalities included people who were drowned or electrocuted after rivers broke their banks. Three elderly people also died of hypothermia.
Swathes of Jakarta and nearby towns were inundated after heavy rain fell on New Year’s eve and into the early hours of 1 January.
The floods have brought chaos to parts of South East Asia’s biggest city, with train lines blocked and power outages in many areas.
Television footage showed flood waters inundating parts of Jakarta and mud-covered cars, some piled on top of each other.