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By Tabita Diela JAKARTA (Reuters) – Severe flooding in various areas of the Indonesian capital forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes on Saturday, and the country’s meteorological agency warned that conditions would continue into the next week. Some 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated from the southern and eastern areas of the city, home to 10 million people, after flooding reached as high as 1.8 meters in some areas, said Sabdo Kurnianto, the agency’s acting director. disaster mitigation agency in a statement. He said no casualties had been reported. People posted photos on social media of residents wading through shoulder-length muddy waters, almost completely submerged cars and search teams evacuating elderly residents in rubber boats at the peak of the monsoon season. “Two hundred neighborhoods have been affected, according to the most recent data,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told local television early Saturday, adding that more than two dozen evacuation centers have been prepared throughout the city. . “The rain has stopped, but the water from other areas continues to affect Jakarta. Hopefully it will not reach the city center and when the water recedes people can resume their activities.” The floods come at a time when Indonesia is already grappling with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and death toll in Southeast Asia and an economic downturn. Indonesia’s meteorological agency (BMKG) has warned that the heaviest rains of the season may fall in and around the densely populated capital in the coming days, with extreme weather, including heavy rain, thunder, and strong winds, which can they wait for the next week. “These are critical times that we must be aware of,” said Dwikorita Karnawati, director of BMKG. “Jakarta and its surroundings are still in the peak period of the rainy season, which is estimated to continue until the end of February or the beginning of March.” The BMKG said Jakarta would be on alert for the next four days with data from the meteorological agency showing heavy rains in the past 24 hours with the Pasar Minggu area in South Jakarta registering 226 millimeters of rain since Friday. .