Indonesia: 23 killed in ongoing Jakarta flooding

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At least 23 people were confirmed dead in Jakarta on Thursday as heavy monsoon rains flooded the Indonesian capital over New Year’s Eve, causing the worst floods the country has seen in at least 24 years. Footage shows vehicles moving along flooded streets and children playing in flood waters. The Jakarta provincial government has instructed schools and some offices to be prepared in providing shelter to residents. One of Jakarta’s airports, Halim Perdanakusuma airport, has been closed as the floods submerged homes and cars alike, causing power outages in and around the capital. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) measured 377mm (14.8 inches) of rainfall in a day at an airport in East Jakarta, making it the most rain in a single day since at least 1996, when public records began.

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