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Flood death toll in Indonesian capital rises to 14

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 4:32pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 4:34pm

The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital has climbed to 14 after searchers pulled three more bodies from the waters.

Indonesia’s national disaster management agency said on Saturday that the body of a 35-year-old member of the city’s search and rescue team was found on the banks of an overflowing river late Friday. Another man was found dead near his flooded home in western Jakarta.

The third body of a male worker was found on Saturday in the flooded basement parking of a building in central Jakarta.

The agency said most victims were electrocuted or drowned. Electricity supplies have been cut to several flooding areas to prevent electrocutions.

A dike in central Jakarta collapsed late Wednesday amid floods that swamped Jakarta. Successive governments have done little to mitigate the flooding threat.

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