Jakarta, the large capital city of the world’s fourth most-populous nation, Indonesia, has declared a state of emergency as flooding continues to ravage it.
The floods, which seems to come through in this magnitude once every 6 or 7 years, have killed 11 people so far as of this morning, mostly due to landslides, drowning, and water-caused electrocution, and it has destroyed many homes and businesses.
Even the presidential palace was not spared, but Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated to reporters, “It’s O.K. if the palace is flooded. What is important is that the people are protected.”
My good friend, Tika (Kartika), lives in Jakarta, and works in a central office tower, and these are some photos she shared of the flooding there:
* These photos were sent to me by my good friend from Jakarta, Kartika Juita Ratri, who allowed me to use them in this post. They were taken from her office building, located at Menara BCA Lt 31, at Thamrin, near the Bundaran HI circle.