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Thousands have been forced to evacuate from their homes after flash flooding and landslides in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, have killed more than 50 people.

According to Bloomberg, more than 400,000 residents have fled their homes and are ‘in need of urgent humanitarian assistance’.

An estimated 53 people have also died since New Year’s Day – as the city has experienced the ‘most intense rain in 24 years’.

‘Deadliest in years’

The flooding, which has been described as the ‘deadliest in years’, is predicted to persist for the next fortnight -with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recording around 169 flooded areas in the country.

Damages from the flood, including train lines being blocked and power shortages, have been reported to potentially exceed $1.15 billion.

‘I have to live on the streets’

“It has not flooded for so long here. We didn’t have the chance to bring anything,” Umar Danie, whose family were evacuated overnight from their home, told Reuters. “I have to live on the streets now.”

Indonesian music journalist Adib Hidayat has started a crowdfunder to help provide food, medicine, blankets, milk for children and cat food for those in need.

You can make a donation here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.