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Indonesian floods kill 23, displace thousands

Published on Jan 18, 2014 5:52 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - The death toll in days of floods and landslides in Indonesia has climbed to 23, an official said on Saturday, as torrential rain pounded the capital.

Families in Jakarta neighbourhoods waded through murky chest-high flood waters, clutching their belongings, while others were ferried to safety in rubber dinghies, local TV stations showed.

"Five people have died in Jakarta so far from drowning or electrocution in the floods," National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nurgoho said.

More than 4,300 people in the capital have been displaced by the floods, which also worsened the city's notorious traffic jams.

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