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Jakartans warned more rain on the way JAKARTA - The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned Jakartans to expect another week of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and paralyzed large parts of the city in the last two days. BMG climatologist Endro Santoso said the heavy rains that have pounded Jakarta over the last several days would likely continue for at least another week.


Big parts of Jakarta and surrounding areas look like river villages.
"The rain is actually expected to last through March, as we are in the rainy season," he was quoted as saying Saturday by English daily The Jakarta Post. According to the BMG, the torrential rain is being caused by a low pressure system in the north of Australia and in southern parts of the Indian Ocean. In addition, winds in the Java and Maluku seas are bringing heavy rain to Java island, particularly Jakarta and neighboring cities.

Scientists also warned Jakarta would suffer more floods in the coming years due to human-induced climate change and rising sea levels. Climate change is thought to be caused by increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is blamed on human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.


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