Jakarta Is Drowning
Posted on Feb 5, 2007
Much of the capital of Indonesia is under 10 feet of muddy water after days of torrential rain caused devastating floods. Hundreds of thousands of people already have been displaced, and experts warn that the situation may worsen, with another week of heavy rain on the way.
More than a third of a million people are thought to have fled their homes amid Jakarta’s worst floods in years, caused by days of torrential rains.
While floods were said to have receded in some places, more rain is forecast.
The floods have affected much of the city of at least nine million people - with estimates of the flooded area ranging between nearly 40% and 75%.
Apart from those swept away or drowned in the flood waters, a number of people had been killed by electrocution, Jakarta police spokesman Ketut Yoga Ana said.