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Indonesia braces for more rain, flood toll hits 66

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesians were told today to brace for more heavy downpours after record rains triggered flooding and landslides that authorities said had killed at least 66 people in and around Jakarta.

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Topics: INDONESIA    RAIN    FLOOD   

Whole neighbourhoods in the capital were submerged last week by floodwaters that forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters.

Authorities have warned residents to take precautions and safeguard their possessions ahead of more pounding storms over the coming weeks.

“There is still potential for mid to heavy rainfall with lightning, thunder and strong winds” in greater Jakarta, Indonesia’s weather bureau said in a statement Monday.

Last week’s deluge was the heaviest in the capital since record keeping began in the 19th century, the agency said, leading to the city’s deadliest flood disaster in years.

Some 377 millimetres of rain pounded sections of the vast city, with floodwaters reaching up to the second floor of some buildings after rivers overflowed.