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A man walks through flood water in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

A man walks through flood water in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

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A man walks through flood water in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

Flash floods inundated swathes of Indonesia's capital and nearby towns after torrential rainfall, killing at least nine people and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

"As of 4pm today, there are 19,079 displaced residents who have been evacuated at temporary shelters throughout Jakarta," said governor Anies Baswedan.

"The rain in Jakarta has stopped, now we are waiting for the water to recede."

Most of the deaths were due to hypothermia, though one was a teenager electrocuted by a power line, said a spokesman for the country's disaster mitigation agency.

Indonesia's state electricity utility switched off power in hundreds of districts in Jakarta, which is home to 30 million people.

Irish Independent