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Photos: Jakarta Hit By Heavy Flooding

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 18, 2013 Last Updated: January 22, 2013
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People wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

People wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

Flood waters have inundated the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, paralyzing much of the city and killing several people over the past few days.

At least nine people have been killed due to the floods, according to the Jakarta Globe, which said torrential downpours were still taking place around the capital.

The flooding, caused by days of heavy rains, inundated the presidential palace, reported the Jakarta Post. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made an inspection of the site Thursday.

“The President has instructed the state secretary, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, the National Police chief, the Indonesian Military commander, and Jakarta governor to take immediate necessary measures to anticipate the flooding, including launching efforts to help the [victims],” Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told the Post.

As of Thursday night, much of Jakarta’s streets were still flooded. Overall, some 15,000 people were forced from their homes, according to the Globe.

“Of course my family and I panicked because it all happened so fast. We didn’t have the chance to bring our electronic appliances and other goods to the top floor,” shop owner Bakhtiar, who has one name, told the Globe.

People struggle through floodwaters in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

People struggle through floodwaters in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

People struggle through floodwaters in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

People struggle through floodwaters in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

A Rolls Royce is stranded in floodwater in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta. Thousands of Indonesians were displaced and the capital was covered in many key areas in over a meter of water after days of heavy rain. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

A Rolls Royce is stranded in floodwater in Jakarta's central business district on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta. Thousands of Indonesians were displaced and the capital was covered in many key areas in over a meter of water after days of heavy rain. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

People shelter from floodwaters among their belongings beneath an overpass, on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

People shelter from floodwaters among their belongings beneath an overpass, on Jan. 17, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

Vendors relax as the business center at the Cipulir textile market is inundated by floodwaters in Jakarta on Jan. 17, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

Vendors relax as the business center at the Cipulir textile market is inundated by floodwaters in Jakarta on Jan. 17, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

This general photo shows vendors running their businesses as usual despite floodwaters that inundated the Cipulir textile market in Jakarta on Jan. 17, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

This general photo shows vendors running their businesses as usual despite floodwaters that inundated the Cipulir textile market in Jakarta on Jan. 17, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

People ride a man-pulled cart through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16, 2013 (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

People ride a man-pulled cart through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16, 2013 (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

(Ed Wray/Getty Images)

(Ed Wray/Getty Images)

Guests of a five-star hotel swim in the pool as the main street is inundated by floodwaters. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

Guests of a five-star hotel swim in the pool as the main street is inundated by floodwaters. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

(Ed Wray/Getty Images)

(Ed Wray/Getty Images)




   

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