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In pictures: Jakarta dam burst

Scene of the burst Situ Gintung dam near Jakarta on 27/3/09

A dam burst its banks near Jakarta, sending waves of muddy water laden with debris crashing into a suburb of the Indonesian capital.

Debris after the flooding in Tangerang, Indonesia (27/03/2009)

The flooding swamped hundreds of homes in the Tangerang district in the middle of the night, catching residents unaware as they slept.

Rescuers near an overturned vehicle in Tangerang, Jakarta, on 27/3/09

Telephone lines were toppled and cars swept along for hundreds of metres.

Volunteers carry a dead body to a make-shift morgue in Tangerang on 27/3/09

At least 50 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage but rescuers fear the death toll will rise.

Friends of some of the dead in Tangerang on 27/3/09

Relatives and friends have been gathering at a make-shift morgue in the city to identify and grieve for lost loved ones.

Indonesian soldiers at the flooded site in Tangerang on 27/3/09

Soldiers have joined the large-scale operation to find bodies and survivors still trapped in their homes.

Rescuers in flood water in Tangerang, Indonesia (27/03/2009)

Rescue workers are wading through deep water and using rubber rafts, but have been hampered by thick mud.

Policeman at burst Situ Gintung dam on 27/3/09

The cause of the burst is unclear, but officials said the Situ Gintung lake behind the dam became overloaded after heavy rain.



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