Not a Drop to Drink

When the skies turned dark at the end of last month, Supa Suparman knew it would pour. What she didn't know was how much or how fast. By the next morning, her clothes were floating down the alley and her one-room house had filled with water to a depth of 2 m. "All I have left is what I'm wearing," moans the 42-year-old mother of four, now living with 1,000 others in a cemetery, the highest point in one east Jakarta neighborhood. Within a week, 50 cm of rain, double the amount that normally falls in all of January, had inundated...

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