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Jakarta emergency declared as floods swamp president’s office

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JAKARTA - Indonesia declared a state of emergency in Jakarta as a third day of flooding brought traffic to a standstill in the city of 9.6 million people and swamped the offices of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. 

Students cross a flooded street as they make their way home in the business district in Jakarta on Jan 17, 2013. (Reuters photo)

The floods killed five people, including a two-year-old who drowned after falling off his bed, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Management. Yudhoyono met on Thursday with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after a delay, and is scheduled to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday.

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