Widespread flooding hits Jakarta

Jakarta has been inundated with rain, causing widespread flooding that has brought traffic to a standstill.

Incessant rain has triggered widespread flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, bringing traffic to a standstill.

"We expect flooding to worsen in several places because of continuing rain," said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

The city hall in central Jakarta and the front lawn of the presidential palace were inundated in up to 20 centimetres of water, television pictures showed, after heavy rain began late on Sunday.

There were no reports of casualties.

The city government has set up 25 posts and were deploying 3600 personnel on Monday to help flood victims trapped in their neighbourhoods, Sutopo said.

Flooding is an annual occurrence in Jakarta during the rainy season.

Source AAP

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