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State of emergency in Jakarta

  • Andreas D. Arditya and Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 18 2013   /  09:43 am

Several volunteers helped flood victims, with a Sarinah shopping center security guard helping a child to cross a flooded road. (JP/P.J. Leo)The worst floods to hit Jakarta since 2007 are expected to get even worse when the city is buffeted by monsoon rains this weekend, according to officials.

Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono announced on Thursday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had raised the emergency level for Jakarta to “alert” (siaga), the highest level.

“The warning level will remain elevated until conditions improve in Jakarta,” Agung told reporters after a meeting at Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s office with officials from relevant ministries and state agencies.

“Current weather reports say the bad weather is going to stay for the next few days. We need to keep our eyes open,” Agung added.

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