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Indonesian Floods Leave an Estimated 340,000 Homeless

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posted on Feb, 4 2007 @ 08:59 AM
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As if this region has not seen enough tragedy and natural disaster, extreme flooding has left hundreds of thousands stranded and homeless. officials have been forced to cut off electricity and water to many effected areas. People are starving and the current forecast calls for even more heavy rains for at least and additional two weeks.



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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Boats carried emergency supplies to desperate residents of Indonesia's flood-stricken capital on Sunday as overflowing rivers again burst their banks following days of rain. At least 20 people have been killed and almost 340,000 others made homeless, officials said.
Hundreds of people remained on the second floors of their houses, either trapped or unwilling to abandon them despite warnings that muddy water running four meters deep in places may rise in the coming days.

"Jakarta is now on the highest alert level," said Sihar Simanjuntak, an official monitoring the water levels of the many rivers that crisscross the city of 12 million people. "The floods are getting worse."

The government dispatched medical teams on rubber rafts into the worst-hit districts amid fears that disease may spread among residents living in squalid conditions with limited access to clean drinking water.


The world it seems is becoming a much less habitable place for humans, at least in some regions.

Could these floods and extreme weather be a result of global warming? I am sure that is debatable.




posted on Feb, 4 2007 @ 03:13 PM
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Looks like they had 13.6 inches of rain in just one day and it's still raining there.


Jakarta Wiki
During the wet season, Jakarta suffers from flooding due to clogged sewage pipes and waterways. Rainforest depletion due to rapid urbanization on the highland areas south of Jakarta near Bogor and Depok has also contributed to the floods. Among the worst flood ever happened, was the one occurred in late 2001, where approximately over 65% of Jakarta's total area was flooded.



Floods kill 20, displace 340,000 in Indonesia MSNBC

Indonesia must hold the modern age record for the most catastrophic natural events starting with the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake.



posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 07:01 AM
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Starting from Tsunami that killed thousands of people, continuous forest fire, earthquake, missing airoplane and now floods in Jakarta...
Indonesia couldnt have wished to get a better presents from this natural disasters.. It's like a non-stop cycle.. Plus the government inefficiency, more and more people are suffering..



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