Parts of Jakarta flooded after heavy downpour

A heavy downpour in Jakarta that started on Monday has unleashed one of the city's worst floods in recent years, causing many to evacuate and schools to shut. There have been no fatalities, although there were about 480 emergency reports related to t
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A heavy downpour in Jakarta that started on Monday has unleashed one of the city's worst floods in recent years, causing many to evacuate and schools to shut. There have been no fatalities, although there were about 480 emergency reports related to the floods, with many residents seeking help. But the floods have led to attacks on incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who had campaigned for a second term on his plans to resolve the problem for people living in flood-prone areas. Former education minister Anies Baswedan, his rival in the second-round election in April for governor, said this week's floods were proof that Basuki's plan was ineffective.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Parts of Jakarta flooded after heavy downpour'. Print Edition | Subscribe