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Thousands flee Jakarta as floodwater rises (PHOTOS)
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

BANGKOK, Thailand — An unusually harsh barrage of rain and shoddy infrastructure have conspired to turn Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, into a disaster zone.

The city's mayor on Thursday declared a state of emergency and, according to government figures, more than 100,000 people are displaced.

The coastal city's residents are accustomed to floods — monsoons routinely turn their side streets to rushing canals — but recent nonstop rains have put some districts under up to 9 feet of water.

Adding to Jakarta's flooding woes is a dike rupture near a crowded business district, the Jakarta Globe reports, and sightings of monitor lizards paddling through the murky waters.

This round of flooding, and perennial grumblings over Jakarta's overpopulation and poor infrastructure, follows a long-running political debate over the merits of moving the capital elsewhere.

The following is a photo gallery of scenes from the flooding.

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Indonesian motorists navigate through a flooded main street in Jakarta on Jan. 17. Severe flooding following torrential rain has driven thousands people from their homes in the Indonesian capital, officials said, with four people killed so far in the seasonal chaos.

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A woman wades through a flooded street in downtown Jakarta today.

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People ride a cart pulled by a man through a flooded street in Jakarta yesterday. Floodwaters have inundated 52 subdistricts in Jakarta, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

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A firefighting vehicle is used to evacuate people from a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 17.

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Jakarta Governor Jokowi (C) speaks to journalists today as he examines the flooding.

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Vendors operate their businesses as usual today despite floodwaters that inundated the Cipulir textile market in Jakarta.

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Shopkeepers and shoppers alike wade through floodwaters at the Cipulir textile market in Jakarta.

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Vendors are running their businesses as usual despite the floodwaters.

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An Indonesian vendor takes a nap at the flooded Cipulir textile market in Jakarta on Jan. 17.

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Indonesian vendors wait for customers as business is as usual despite the flooding.

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Indonesians wade through floodwaters along a main street in Jakarta.

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Motorists wade through a flooded street at the Menteng complex in Jakarta on Jan. 17.

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The Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout in Jakarta was inundated by floodwaters.

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Guests of a five-star hotel swim in the pool today as the main street is inundated by floodwaters.

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Two rubber boats are ready to assist in an evacuation at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout as Jakarta's main streets are inundated by floodwater.

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People ride a man-pulled cart through a flooded street in Jakarta.

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People wade through a flooded street in Jakarta.

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Indonesian people wade and float down a flooded street.

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People wade through a flooded main street in Jakarta on Jan. 17.

(Adek Berry - AFP/Getty Images)
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