Heavy Rain

Flooding has forced thousands to evacuate Indonesia’s capital city once again, as monsoon rains wreaked havoc on Jakarta over the weekend.

Floodwaters have reached three metres in some districts, forcing the government to deploy soldiers to help nearly 50,000 residents in the sprawling city of 10 million people, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

At least 30,000 people are currently taking refuge at temporary shelters, schools or mosques.

The torrential rains brought fresh misery for residents after last year’s rainy season brought Jakarta to a standstill. Then, a river burst its banks and swamped the central business district, causing $580 million (£353m) in damage.

David Schult, 46, a Canadian teacher at North Jakarta International School, said that many people did not expect this year’s flood to be as serious, believing last year’s flood was “the big one”.