JAKARTA - The government has refused to characterize the recent extensive floods that have paralyzed the capital and other cities throughout the country as a national disaster despite mounting pressure from the public and the fact that the catastrophe has killed at least 58 people nationwide. Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Jusuf Kalla told reporters after a meeting with Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso at City Hall that it was not necessary to designate the recent calamity a national disaster. "There is no need to declare it a national disaster. It's just a (common) disaster," Jusuf said after the meeting which was also attended by five other Cabinet ministers. Impatient with the government's sluggish and inept response to the floods, People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais urged the government on Monday to declare a national disaster in the wake of the calamity, which claimed more than 30 lives in Jakarta alone.