The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 25, 2013
 

Indonesia bid to control rain to avert more floods

 
 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian authorities will use generators and cloud-seeding measures to defuse and push away rain-laden clouds to avoid more flooding that has paralysed Jakarta, an official said today.

Heavy rain over the mega-city last week caused 32 deaths and at its peak forced nearly 46,000 people to flee their inundated homes, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters.

The weather agency has forecast heavy rain for Jan 26-28, raising concerns that Jakarta - which combined with its satellite cities is home to 20 million people - may get submerged again.

To avoid such flooding a team led by the artificial rain unit of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology will Saturday start deploying 20 ground-based acetone generators in western Jakarta, in a bid to avert condensation in the region that contributes to larger rain clouds.