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Last Updated: Friday March 27 2009 14:01 GMT

In pictures: Burst dam causes devastation

The Situgintung dam after it burst (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Waves of muddy water came flooding out when a dam burst its banks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in south-east Asia.

burst dam in Jakarta (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Flash floods up to 4m deep swept towards people's homes as they slept in their beds on Thursday night.

Flooded homes (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Water poured into buildings in the Tangerang district, and at least 58 people were killed.

Upturned cars (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

The force of the water was so strong telephone poles toppled over and cars were swept along for hundreds of metres.

Flooded homes in Tangerang (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

The thick mud has made it hard for the rescue workers, who have been using rubber rafts to try to reach the survivors.

Soldiers searching for survivors (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Soldiers have joined the rescue operation, and are looking for people who may still be trapped in their homes.

Relatives hug each other (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

People have gathered together, waiting for news of their friends and family.

A police officer keeps people away from the dam (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

It's still not known why the dam burst, but officials say the lake behind it became overloaded after heavy rain.