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Tens of thousands caught in deadly Indonesian floods

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Tens of thousands caught in deadly Indonesian floods
Tens of thousands caught in deadly Indonesian floods

The death toll from flash floods and landslides in and around Indonesia’s capital Jakarta reached at least 21 on Thursday, with more heavy rain forecast, authorities said.

The floods are the worst the city's seen in years.

Ryan Brooks reports.

Indonesia's capital Jakarta is grappling with deadly floods, the worst its seen in years.

Flash floods and landslides have wrought chaos across Southeast Asia's biggest city.

The death toll on Thursday (January 2) stood at more than 20 people, and tens of thousands are displaced.

Train lines are blocked and parts of the city are without power.

On New Years Day (Wednesday, January 1), in the city's East water levels were more than six feet.

Jakarta is slowly sinking because of an over-extraction of groundwater.

It's part of why Indonesia is moving the capital to another part of the country.

Rising sea levels make the threat of flooding even worse.

In recent years officials have tried to help better protect the city during the rainy season... On Thursday, President Joko Widodo urged the government to take action.

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO SAYING: "Regarding floods - the central government is still quite new and a lot of projects still aren't finished.

The Cimahi and Ciawi reservoirs aren't ready until next year." Indonesia's weather agency has forecast more heavy rain through Thursday.

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