Floods force thousands to evacuate in Indonesian capital

By Reuters | Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:25 AM
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By Kanupriya Kapoor

JAKARTA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Monsoon rains have inundated parts of the Indonesian capital, forcing more than 30,000 people to evacuate and posing a challenge for its wildly popular governor, Joko Widodo, a possible presidential candidate.

Soldiers were deployed to help nearly 50,000 residents in the sprawling city of 10 million people, as floodwaters reached three metres (9.8 ft) ...

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