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Indonesia begins cloud seeding to avoid further flooding

Indonesia begins cloud seeding to avoid further flooding

Updated 29 January 2013, 15:57 AEST

The Indonesian army has begun the controversial technique of cloud seeding in order to prevent further flooding in Jakarta, in the wake of the devastating floods that swept through the region earlier this month.

The process involves dropping large quantities of salt over clouds to precipitate heavy rain drops in the hope that the rain falls over the sea before it reaches Jakarta.

But what's the success rate of the cloud seeding process? And is it worth the risk given Jakarta's crumbling infrastructure?

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Dr Thomas Chubb, research fellow at Monash University

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