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Monday January 20, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday January 20, 2014 MYT 8:33:35 AM
JAKARTA: More than 30,000 Indonesians have fled their homes in the capital due to flooding that has left five dead, an official said, with people using rubber dinghies and wading through waist-deep water to reach safer ground.
Many parts of Jakarta were under murky, brown water, while on the vast archipelago’s northern Sulawesi island the death toll from flash floods and landslides rose to 24.
Buildings in some parts of sprawling capital, which has a population of 10 million and is regularly afflicted by floods during the six-month rainy season, were half submerged, with roads unpassable in many areas.
“So far, 30,000 people in Jakarta have been displaced by floods caused by heavy rains,” disaster agency official Tri Budiarto said yesterday.
Five people have so far been killed in Jakarta in the past week while 19 others have died in Sulawesi, officials have said previously.
However, the floods were yet to reach the same level as last year when the central business district was left under water.
On Sulawesi, around 40,000 people were still displaced following flash floods and landslides earlier in the week, local disaster agency chief Christian Laotongan said.
Rescuers on Saturday recovered the body of a woman from a landslide in Tomohon city, Laotongan said, bringing the death toll in the area to 24. — AFP
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