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Floods swamp thousands of homes in Jakarta

By Indonesia correspondent George Roberts, Tuesday March 5, 2013 - 20:55 EDT

Indonesian authorities say more than 16,000 people have been affected by flooding in the capital Jakarta.

The water came up overnight after heavy rains in Jakarta and upstream in Bogor, swamping areas of the capital that had only just recovered from January's major flood.

Nearly 6,000 homes have been affected this time, with water up to 2.5 metres deep in some areas.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Centre says the flood has now subsided in most parts.

But there are still more than 2,200 people left homeless and living in make-shift evacuation centres around the capital.

January's flood affected 250,000 people.

The government then began a cloud seeding operation in an attempt to get the clouds to rain on the ocean before they made landfall, but that program was suspended last week.


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