Floodwaters rising in West Java

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JAKARTA [ACTED News] - Heavy seasonal rains have inundated Banten, the westernmost province of Java adjacent to Jakarta, in recent days. Over 10,000 families in three districts across the province have been affected with thousands evacuating their residences according to BNPB, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Thus far provincial and national authorities, as well as the Indonesian Red Cross, are providing relief assistance and supplies and no major disaster has been declared, although the flooding has already caused several landslides and disrupted overland transport to Jakarta. Flooding briefly closed the toll road linking Merak to the capital during the weekend, an event that has not happened since 2001.