Nine people are dead and some 10,000 others have been forced to leave their homes amid extensive flooding in the Indonesia capital, authorities said Thursday.
Officials declared a 10-day state of emergency in Jakarta and prepared plans for the evacuation of as many as 350,000 additional residents if the situation worsens.
About 10,000 people are in makeshift shelters at mosques, hospitals and government buildings, Indonesia's disaster-management agency said.
Jakartans woke up Thursday to find the main streets of the capital under water and transit service suspended. Most businesses told employees to stay home until conditions improve.
Some parts of Jakarta are covered by up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) of water, government spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.
Indonesia typically suffers flooding and mudslides during the rainy season, which peaks in December-February. EFE