Addressing Australia's parliament on a landmark state visit, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo cast the two nations as would-be "Avengers" – "forces of good" uniting to defeat a "common enemy" and shared challenges.
As the death toll from the Chinese epidemic jumped to 80 with those affected worldwide approaching 3,000, analysts say there are growing fears the crisis could become as bad as the SARS outbreak that hammered Asian markets in 2003.
Whole neighbourhoods in Jakarta were submerged last week by floodwaters that forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters.
Indonesia's Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said climate change had increased the risk of extreme weather and warned that heavy rainfall could last until mid-February, with Jan. 11-15 an expected peak.
Indonesia will carry out cloud seeding in a bid to prevent further rainfall over the capital Jakarta after the death toll rose to 43 while tens of thousands of people have been displaced.
At least 26 people were killed in greater Jakarta, while three more were killed by flash floods in neighbouring Lebak regency in the south of Java island, officials say.
Capital Jakarta hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities say, as torrential rains on New Year's Eve leave vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged.
Jakarta police say some 519 "rioters from yesterday's demonstration" were detained following protests against controversial plans to revise criminal code and several other issues.
Thousands rally against proposed new laws, including a criminal code that would ban extramarital sex and penalise insulting the president's honour.
Indonesia is regularly hit by slash-and-burn clearances of forests for farms and palm oil plantations. Many of the blazes smoulder deep underground in peatlands, where they can last for months.
Blazes have been raging on Sumatra and Borneo islands with Indonesia deploying water-bombing helicopters and thousands of security forces to tackle them. In recent days, fires sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia triggering a diplomatic row.
The massive move will cost $33 billion and the construction is set to begin next year.
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