Death toll rises to 60 in Indonesia Flood

In Indonesia, rescue teams flew helicopters stuffed with food to remote flood-hit communities today as the death toll from the disaster jumped to 60 and fears grew about the possibility of more torrential rain.

Tens of thousands in Jakarta were still unable to return to their waterlogged homes after some of the deadliest flooding in years hit the enormous capital region.

Torrential rains that started on New Year’s Eve, unleashed flash floods and landslides in the region. Neighbouring Lebak at the south end of Java island was also affected.

The government said yesterday that it would start cloud seeding to the west of the capital to prevent approaching rainfall from hitting the region. Jakarta is regularly hit by floods during the rainy season, which started in late November.

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