[ti:Indonesia Seeds Clouds to Block Rain from Flooded Capital][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:00.04]Indonesia's air force has seeded clouds with salt[00:04.64]in an effort to stop rain from falling on the flooded capital, Jakarta.[00:12.84]The seeding operation follows deadly flash floods and landslides[00:18.64]that hit the capital after some of the heaviest rain ever recorded.[00:25.84]Indonesian officials said that as of Friday,[00:29.84]at least 43 people had been killed in the disaster.[00:35.84]Tens of thousands of people have been displaced.[00:41.08]Cloud seeding is a process that involves shooting salt into clouds[00:47.00]in an attempt to create artificial rain.[00:51.44]It is often used in Indonesia to help put out forest fires.[00:57.68]The current operation aims to get the clouds to drop water[01:02.28]and break up before they reach Jakarta.[01:06.92]Indonesia's air force teamed up with the country's technology agency[01:12.12]to carry out three rounds of cloud seeding on Friday.[01:17.96]Officials said more cloud seeding would take place as needed.[01:24.44]The latest flooding followed heavy rainfall on December 31[01:29.60]and into the early hours of New Year's Day.[01:34.32]The water covered large areas of Jakarta and nearby towns.[01:39.96]The area is home to about 30 million people.[01:45.32]The start of 2020 weather was "one of the most extreme rainfall" events[01:51.80]since record keeping began in 1866, Indonesia's weather agency said Friday.[02:01.24]The officials said climate change had increased the risk of extreme weather.[02:08.12]They warned that heavy rainfall could reach a high point in mid-January[02:13.72]and should be expected to last until mid-February.[02:19.64]News videos showed floodwaters spreading across Jakarta.[02:25.88]Images showed groups of people walking through water[02:30.36]and mud-covered cars, some of them sitting on top of each other.[02:36.64]President Joko Widodo blamed delays in flood control projects for the disaster.[02:44.88]Among the projects is the building of a canal that has been delayed[02:49.68]since 2017 because of property right issues.[02:54.96]In 2007, more than 50 people died in one of the capital's deadliest flood disasters.[03:03.24]In 2015, floodwaters covered much of the city center after canals overflowed.[03:11.64]Jakarta has been slowly sinking.[03:14.56]A main cause is the amount of ground water being drawn out from under the city.[03:21.64]Rising sea levels have made the threat of flooding even worse.[03:27.56]Last year, Widodo announced he would move Indonesia's capital[03:32.52]to East Kalimantan province on Borneo island to reduce the burden on overpopulated Jakarta.[03:42.64]I'm Bryan Lynn. 更多听力请访问shang05.com