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First Rainfall in Months, Beware of Jakarta Flooding

Flood in Jakarta

The rainy season is starting and it’s time for Jakartans to prepare for the coming floods and deluges.

According to the head of the Disaster Data and Information Center (Pusdatin) of BPBD DKI Jakarta, M Ridwan, there are at least 17 districts and 25 sub-districts in Jakarta identified as areas prone to flooding when heavy rains arrive. The areas are spread across all parts of the city of Jakarta.

“Data of flooding in 2013 to 2016 shows that these areas are three times more likely to experience flooding if there are high-intensity rains,” Ridwan said.

Based on data collated by BPBD, the 17 districts which are prone to flooding are Cengkareng; Kalideres; Kebon Jeruk; Kembangan; Kebayoran Baru; Kebayoran Lama; Pancoran; Pesanggrahan; Cilandak; Mampang Praptan; Pasar Minggu; Jatinegara; Makasar; Kramat Jati; Ciracas; Pademangan; and Penjaringan.

Meanwhile, the 25 sub-districts at high flood risk are Rawa Buaya; Tegal Alur; Kedoya Selatan; Kedoya Utara; Kembangan Utara; Cipete Utara; Petogogan; Cipulir; Pondok Pinang; Rawajati; Ulujami; Pondok Labu; Bangka; Pejaten Timur; and Jatipadang.

Furthermore, Bidara Cina; Kampung Melayu; Cawang; Cililitan; Cipinang Melayu; Makasar; Rambutan; Pademangan Barat; Pluit; and Penjaringan.

The DKI Jakarta Water Resources Department (SDA) has alerted thousands of personnel to be ready to deal with floods in Jakarta. These officers are prepared to go down during the rainy season.

“Until now, there are 8,000 people who are ready if needed to go down to flooded location,” Head of DKI Jakarta SDA Juaini Yusuf said.

Source: Detik, Kompas

Image: Tempo

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