Large parts of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta are underwater today, after heavy monsoon rains caused severe flooding.
The city of Jakarta ground to a halt today, as at least 20,000 people where forced to flee from their homes. Even in unaffected areas of the capital government offices and businesses where forced to remain closed, because so many staff members were unable to get to work. The rain continues to fall today, and experts are warning that the situation could get worse.
“Rain will continue to fall in the greater Jakarta area … the potential for flooding remains,” a leading meteorologist told Reuters.
Four people have so far died in the floods, as water flows down in torrents from the mountains above Jakarta.