Jakarta residents up to the neck in water

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Heavy seasonal rains have come down across the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, forcing more than 10,000 to flee their homes, with four reported deaths so far.

Floodwaters have brought misery to 50 residential districts in the capital, affecting 20,000 families — a total of 64,336 people, the Jakarta Post reported on January 17.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is preparing to possibility evacuate up to 300,000 people now that 30 per cent of Jakarta is already inundated. The rising water has also threatened to damage the offices of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, where water has topped near 10 meters next to a flood gate.

The floods have timed up with two high-level visits from the heads of state of Japan and Argentina.

President Yudhoyono and officials from the country’s disaster agencies held a meeting on January 16 to address concerns from the public.

“It doesn’t matter if the Presidential Palace is flooded,” Yudhoyono said in a statement sent by the disaster management agency.

“The most important thing is that the public is protected.”

Slums in East Jakarta have been hit with water levels of up to three meters overflowing from the Ciliwung River.

The BNPB reported that there were a total of 5,808 displaced people in the three areas along the river alone.

Jakarta sits in a low-lying area with 13 rivers and more than 1,400 kilometers of man-made waterways, making it prone to flooding, according to the World Bank.

About 40 percent of Jakarta’s land area is below sea level.

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Heavy seasonal rains have come down across the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, forcing more than 10,000 to flee their homes, with four reported deaths so far.

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Heavy seasonal rains have come down across the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, forcing more than 10,000 to flee their homes, with four reported deaths so far.

Floodwaters have brought misery to 50 residential districts in the capital, affecting 20,000 families — a total of 64,336 people, the Jakarta Post reported on January 17.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is preparing to possibility evacuate up to 300,000 people now that 30 per cent of Jakarta is already inundated. The rising water has also threatened to damage the offices of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, where water has topped near 10 meters next to a flood gate.

The floods have timed up with two high-level visits from the heads of state of Japan and Argentina.

President Yudhoyono and officials from the country’s disaster agencies held a meeting on January 16 to address concerns from the public.

“It doesn’t matter if the Presidential Palace is flooded,” Yudhoyono said in a statement sent by the disaster management agency.

“The most important thing is that the public is protected.”

Slums in East Jakarta have been hit with water levels of up to three meters overflowing from the Ciliwung River.

The BNPB reported that there were a total of 5,808 displaced people in the three areas along the river alone.

Jakarta sits in a low-lying area with 13 rivers and more than 1,400 kilometers of man-made waterways, making it prone to flooding, according to the World Bank.

About 40 percent of Jakarta’s land area is below sea level.

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