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Death toll in Indonesia’s floods has risen to 18

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Indonesian authorities announced on Thursday that the death toll from the floods that hit Jakarta and caused heavy rains in New Year’s Eve rose to 18 people.

A previous official toll announced by the authorities on Wednesday reported that nine people had been killed.

Heavy rains led to landslides and a large number of neighborhoods were inundated, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and live in temporary shelters.

For its part, local media reported that the death toll is 21 between one dead and one missing.

On Thursday, the spokesperson for the Emergency Management Authority, Agus Webobo, did not rule out the possibility of a high death toll.

“We are continuing to update the data we receive from several sources, and the number of victims may increase,” he told reporters.

The victims were killed, drowned or buried under the landslides, or electrocuted, or from very cold. Among the victims was an 8-year-old boy who was killed in a landslide and a 16-year-old boy who was given an electric shock.

According to the authorities, 31,000 people were evacuated due to the floods, but this number does not include the residents of the cities on the outskirts of the capital.

Pictures of flooded neighborhoods showed homes flooded with mud and people moving on inflatable boats.

It is the worst flooding in Jakarta since the one in January 2013 that claimed dozens of lives.

Jakarta, with a population of about thirty million, has been continuously flooded during the rainy season that started at the end of November.

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