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Number of those displaced by floods in Jakarta jumps to 30,000

Published on Jan 19, 2014 8:23 PM
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Indonesian residents wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan 19, 2014. The number of those forced to leave their homes in the Indonesian capital jumped from less than 5,000 on Saturday to more than 30,000 on Sunday after heavy rain deluged Jakarta overnight, in a disaster that has left five dead, officials said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - The number of those forced to leave their homes in the Indonesian capital jumped from less than 5,000 on Saturday to more than 30,000 on Sunday after heavy rain deluged Jakarta overnight, in a disaster that has left five dead, officials said on Sunday.

"Yesterday the water was knee deep in my house," Ms Yulian Candra, who lives in west Jakarta, told news website Detik. "There has also been a power cut for the past two days."

People waded through the floods clutching their belongings. Others used boats to make their way to evacuation centres, which are mainly housed in mosques in the Muslim-majority country, but also in government buildings and tents erected on the roadside.

Some motorcyclists, cyclists and cars ventured out despite the weather, spraying up water as they drove along roads where the floods were not yet too high.

 
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