5 Mar 2013

More flooding expected in Jakarta

12:07 pm on 5 March 2013

Flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, is predicted to reach higher levels than a major flood in January.

The ABC reports there has been heavy rain in Jakarta and upstream in Bogor.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Centre said water levels in a dam at

Bogor were higher on Monday night than they were before the January flood, which affected 250,000 people.

The central business district was swamped for the first time on record.

The ABC reports that whether the city centre floods again is dependent on the canal floodwalls holding.

If the canal walls hold this time, the business district may be spared, but not people living in low-lying and poorer areas of the city.