|Photo: Indonesian disaster authorities says flooding in Jakarta may have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. (ABC: Laban Laisila)|
Yesterday 10,000 people had to flee their homes but hours of heavy downpours overnight and rivers bursting their banks, have added to the problem.
Three people have been killed so far in the seasonal chaos and the National Disaster Management Centre says it could affect as many as 350,000 as it did six years ago.
"My home is destroyed - all of it. It's in chaotic piles of mess," resident Umar Dani said through a translator.
He said the flood reached the roof of his house.
The National Disaster Management Centre spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a child was among the two victims swept away in the floods overnight.
"Days of heavy downpours caused the rivers to overflow and triggered floods up to three metres," he said through a translator, adding that rivers in Jakarta had a low capacity to contain the monsoonal rain.
In 2007, major floods forced 350,000 people to leave their homes and authorities are preparing for the same impact this year.
Indonesia is regularly afflicted by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season, which lasts around half the year, and many in the capital live beside rivers that periodically overflow.
At least 11 people were killed and seven missing in November after flash floods triggered by heavy rain hit a village on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.
There is more than two months of the wet season to go.