According to Jakarta Post, citing the Ministry of Social Affairs, at least 26 people died due to causes including drowning, hypothermia and electric shock. More than 31,000 others were reportedly evacuated to 269 shelters across the city.
Heavy rains have been pouring in Greater Jakarta since New Year's Eve. The ensuing floods were further aggravated by several rivers bursting banks.
Public transpiration has been severely disrupted, and several areas got completely isolated and inaccessible for rescuers to reach.
Aside from physical danger, floods increase the risk of outbreaks of potentially fatal waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, and dysentery.