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Dam Burst Kills At Least 58 In Jakarta.
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Amateur Video of Dam burst : A dam has burst south-west of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, killing at least 58 people.

Witnesses said a "horrifying" flash flood of water up to 4m (13ft) deep engulfed hundreds of homes in Cirendeu in the Tangerang district.

Officials say they expect the death toll to rise, and 150 body bags have been sent to the scene.

An official said the Situ Gintung lake behind the dam became overloaded after hours of heavy rain.

"The dam was an old dam, 16m (52ft) deep," said Ratu Atut Chosiyah, governor of Banten province, where the lake is located.

"Last night, because of heavy rain, the dam could not hold back the water so it broke," she added.

Thick mud is hampering rescue teams, but the waters have now begun to recede.

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The incident happened at about 0200 local time (1900 GMT) in what is a popular tourist area.

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Added: Mar-27-2009 Occurred On: Mar-27-2009
By: barnesy
Tags: Dam, Burst, Kills, At, Least, 58, In, Jakarta.
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