Indonesia: Jakarta floods: cloud seeding planes try to break up heavy rain
Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report
Indonesia carried out cloud seeding to try to prevent further rainfall over the capital, Jakarta, and surrounding areas as the death toll reached 47 on Saturday amid flash floods and landslides.
Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in greater Jakarta and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts on the city’s outskirts, as well as in neighbouring Lebak, which buried a dozen people.
Four days after the region of 30 million people was struck by flash floods, waters have receded in many middle-class districts but conditions remained grim in narrow riverside alleys where the city’s poor live.
Authorities on Thursday used hundreds of pumps to suck water out of residential areas and public infrastructure like railways. President Joko Widodo has blamed delays in flood control infrastructure projects for the disaster. Widodo announced in 2019 that he will move Indonesia’s capital to East Kalimantan province on Borneo island to reduce the burden on Jakarta, which is overpopulated and sinking.