Jakarta hit by deadly flooding

  • At least four people have been killed due to heavy flooding in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

    Areas across the city, including the central business district (CBD), were brought to a standstill due to the flooding, which was caused by days of heavy rain.

    Around 20,000 people have abandoned their homes as officials warned on Thursday that the rain could worsen in the next few days.

    The governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has declared a state of emergency.

    In low-lying areas, residents have said water level have reached two to three meters high.

    The presidential palace grounds are also among the areas flooded.

    Local television images showed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono walking around the compound with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, wearing his trousers rolled up above his knees.

    Yudhoyono told reporters: "I have no problem with the palace being flooded. The most important thing is the people are protected."

    He has instructed the national police chief and the army chief to deploy their forces and evacuate flood victims.

    The last severe flooding in Jakarta was in 2007, when around 40 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their homes.

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