Politics, Law, Security

Worst Floods in 5 Years

Severe flooding in Jakarta that left swaths of the capital underwater has killed at least 30 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, according to Indonesia’s disaster agency. Torrential rains have been pounding the greater Jakarta region since New Year’s Eve, causing 62,453 people to be evacuated to temporary shelters, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said in a statement Thursday. Most of the victims died in Bogor district and East Jakarta, the agency said. Among the dead, 17 were swept away by the floods, five were buried by landslides and five were electrocuted. Heavy rains are predicted to continue through to January 10, it added. Jakartans may have grown complacent and seemed wholly unprepared. The last big floods were in 2014. (CNN and other reporting)

AGO Launches Criminal Inquiry Into Jiwasraya

The Attorney General Office is opening an inquiry into a possible corruption case at Asuransi Jiwasraya that has led Indonesia’s largest state-controlled insurance company into the brink of bankruptcy. Attorney General S.T. Burhanuddin said on Wednesday his office suspected foul play in Jiwasraya’s previous directors’ decision to put the company’s assets in risky instruments, causing Rp 13.7 trillion ($986.4 million) in potential state losses by August 2019. “That’s the initial estimate. We expect the real figure to be higher,” Burhanuddin said. (Jakarta Globe)