Heavy rains and strong winds hit various places in Indonesia causing floods and damaging houses, building and infrastructures, including in East Flores in East Nusa Tenggara as well as in Kudus and Pati regencies in Central Java and several locations in Capital Jakarta.
East Flores regent has declared disaster emergency status in the area, following heavy rains and strong winds since January first until today, according to Eduard Fernandez, head of the regency's disaster mitigation agency.
The extreme weather as previously had been forecasted by Indonesia's weather agency, BMKG has caused so far over 200 houses and public facilities in the regency damaged. The disaster emergency status in East Flores will continue to the next 14 days.
Meanwhile, in Kudus regency in Central Java, hundreds of households have been trapped in the floods as their residential areas inundated. Search and rescue teams continue evacuating those who are still trapped in their submerged houses to be taken to dry locations.
At least 13 villages with over 28 thousand people in the regency are affected by floods caused by torrential rains. So far, almost 400 households are taking shelters in dry locations.