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Photo: FLOOD EVACUATION: Indonesian women are evacuated Friday to higher ground at a flooded area in Jakarta, Indonesia (AP)

Update: Feb 04, 2007
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia's capital worsened Sunday, officials and witness said, as the number of people made homeless rose to at least 340,000. 20 people have also been killed.
Overnight rains caused more rivers to burst their banks across Jakarta, sending muddy water up to two metres deep into more residential and commercial areas in the densely packed city of 12 million people.
"Jakarta is now on the highest alert level," said Sihar Simanjuntak, an official monitoring water levels at key rivers across the city.
Two days of incessant rain caused rivers to burst their banks across Jakarta on Friday, inundating more than 20,000 homes, government buildings and businesses and forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies.
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