Disease fears amid Jakarta floods
Make-shift rafts are being used to navigate through flood waters
Indonesian officials fear an outbreak of disease could take hold amid severe flooding in the capital Jakarta, which has already left 29 people dead.
"We fear that diarrhoea and dysentery may break out, as well as illnesses spread by rats," one official said.
More than a third of a million people are thought to have fled their homes amid Jakarta's worst floods in years, caused by days of torrential rains.
While floods were said to have receded in some places, more rain is forecast.
The floods have affected much of the city of at least nine million people - with estimates of the flooded area ranging between nearly 40% and 75%.
Apart from those swept away or drowned, a number of people were killed by electrocution, police spokesman Ketut Yoga Ana said.
Officials said the unsanitary conditions could cause an outbreak of disease, with fresh water and electricity services down in many areas.
Jakarta residents struggle through floodwaters
Eyewitness: Jakarta floods
"We know it's hard for the residents [to use and drink clean water] under the circumstances, but they have to," said Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari.
A Jakarta health official was quoted by Reuters saying more than 50,000 people had already sought treatment for conditions ranging from coughs to diarrhoea.
The city was already coping with a surge in cases of dengue fever before the floods.
An official also said the flooding would complicate efforts to tackle bird flu, which has killed 63 people in Indonesia in the past few years, making it the country worst hit by the disease.
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