Jakarta

Trees uprooted, buildings
damaged in Jakarta storms

Strong winds, along with torrential rain, pounding Jakarta since Thursday afternoon have toppled 81 trees. The falling trees damaged three houses, five billboards, nine cars and the overhead canopy of a bridge.

Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement on Friday that West Jakarta was the worst affected area with 55 fallen trees that damaged five billboards, three houses and four cars. Trees were also blown over in Kebon Jeruk, Grogol, Tambora, Tamansari, Cengkareng, Palmerah, Kalideres and Kembangan.

Sutopo said 10 fallen trees had damaged five cars in Central Jakarta. He added that the winds uprooted six trees in North Jakarta, four in South Jakarta and six others in East Jakarta.

“Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), related agencies and local residents have worked together to remove the fallen trees,” he said.

Sutopo called on public to remain on alert and stay away from large trees, billboards or poorly constructed buildings during storms.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inspected several areas in Central Jakarta to observe the damage caused by the in storms on Thursday.

Jokowi said he had ordered the city's Park and Cemetaries Agency to regularly check city trees and have them pruned if necessary to avoid damage, tempo.co reported.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), torrential rain with strong winds will continue to hit regions throughout Indonesia, including Greater Jakarta, in the next four days due to the Narella tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean. (cor/lfr)

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