Flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia Leaves 100s of Thousands Homeless

Indonesian authorities have lost count of the numbers of homeless people after a major flood swept through the capital, leaving nought but devastation in its wake.

The Presidential Palace, as well as the city centre, are both awash in debris. The Indonesian National Disaster Management organization said that up to 350,000 people could be affected by the swelling of the river banks, similar to the devastation left by a monsoon flood in 2007 that also caused $500 million in damage.

Indonesians are no strangers to flooding and water-borne disasters: During Indonesia’s wet season, encompassing half of the year, flooding and landslides are common occurrences


[ABC Australia]