Indonesia

Death toll rises in Indonesia following landslides and flooding

Indonesians clean their homes and cutlery along the river in Jakarta, Indonesia
Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images

At least 53 people have died and more than 173,000 remain displaced after landslides and floods hit Indonesia's capital Jakarta as rescuers search for people trapped under tons of mud, officials told AP on Saturday.

The state of play: This is the worst flooding to plague the area since 2007, when 80 people died in 10 days, AP notes. Monsoon rains and rising rivers which started on Dec. 31 have flooded multiple districts surrounding Jakarta.

Floods kill 21 people and displace 30,000 in Indonesian capital

A rescue team evacuates residents from their flooded houses in Jakarta.
A rescue team evacuates residents from their flooded houses in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: Agung Fatma Putra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

At least 21 people have died in flash floods and landslides in and around the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and the heavy rainfall that triggered the disaster is set to return Thursday, authorities said, per Reuters.

The impact: The heaviest rainfall in over a decade triggered the "deadliest floods in years," displacing over 30,000 people and bringing power outages to parts of the biggest city in Southeast Asia, Channel News Asia reports. The rain fell over Tuesday night.