About 6,000 residents in Indonesia ’s capital Jakarta have had to evacuate from their houses due to large-scale flooding as a consequence of heavy rains since February 8.

Nearly 470 transformer stations have been submerged, leading to power outages in many places. Meanwhile, many streets in the city have been under 50-80cm or even 1.2m of water.

As many as 14 shelters were set up for evacuees.

Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, said the main reason of flood this year is poor drainage capacity of the city which failed to keep Jakarta safe from over 100mm rainfall.

Flooding is a constant problem that Jakarta faces every year. Widespread flood at the end of November displaced nearly 31,000 residents who had to shelter in 140 safe places across the city.

The underway flood also affects over 48,000 people in 74 suburban villages. Seven deaths have been reported so far.-VNA