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Authorities raise Indonesian flood death toll to 53

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Authorities raise Indonesian flood death toll to 53

Indonesian authorities have now raised the death toll to 53 following the floods that hit Jakarta's metropolitan area and west Java island, where tens of thousands of people remain homeless.

An earlier balance indicated 43 dead.

The last 10 victims were located in Bogor and Lembak, on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, the National Disaster Management Agency said in the latest statement.

More than 170,000 people remain in temporary shelters in the Jakarta metropolitan area, home to 30 million people.

Elsewhere, the receding waters exposed streets full of rubble and stacked vehicles, according to images posted on social networks.

Many of the victims died following landslides caused by heavy rains in recent days, which led to the overflow of several rivers that cross the capital.

Floods and landslides affect Indonesia each year during the rainy season, between December and February.

A few months ago, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that he had chosen an area on the eastern island of Borneo for the country's political capital and left Jakarta, an overcrowded city threatened by rising waters.

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