Jakarta under water

Jakarta under water

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Heavy monsoon rains in Indonesia have inundated large swathes of the capital Jakarta, bringing the city to a virtual standstill.

The waters have forced at least 20,000 people from their homes, and four people have died as a result of the extreme weather according to the National Disaster Prevention Agency.

. JAKARTA, Indonesia. REUTERS/Supri

A man carries his son across a flooded area in Jakarta's business district, as many government offices and businesses were forced to close because staff could not get to work. In the city centre, where streets are jammed at the best of times, long lines of cars stood idle, waiting for the waist-deep water to recede.

. JAKARTA, Indonesia. REUTERS/Beawiharta

With their trousers rolled up to protect them from the muddy waters, two workers walk down a railway track where trains were halted by the flooding. Most commuter trains and buses in Jakarta were suspended, many roads leading to its main airport were blocked, and emergency services had to provide an inflatable dinghy to ferry people safely across water dividing the heart of the city.

. JAKARTA, Indonesia. REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni

Weather officials have warned the rain could get worse over the next few days and the potential for more flooding remains. In addition to inundating large parts of capital, where these children play, torrential rain has hit many other parts of Indonesia including the main island of Java and heavily agricultural area of southern Sumatra. .

. JAKARTA, Indonesia. REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni

A woman frowns as she stands thigh-deep in flood waters in front of her shop in the capital. The flooding will put pressure on Jakarta's popular new governor, Joko Widodo, who came to office last October with promises to work to fix a huge array of basic infrastructure problems that bedevil the city of about 10 million people.