Anies urges flood victims to be tough, patient
The Jakarta Post
During his visit to Cililitan Kecil in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, to address flood victims in the area on Friday, Governor Anies Baswedan urged the victims to be tough in the face of adversity.
“Let others know that Jakarta residents are tough and patient […] God willing, all of us can get through this ordeal well,” Anies told the victims.
Severe inundation hit areas along the Ciliwung River in the capital, particularly those in South and East Jakarta, earlier this week, displacing thousands of residents.
The governor said previously that he would carry out river-naturalization projects to ease the inundation. However, Anies did not elaborate on the naturalization concept during his visit.
Meanwhile, the city administration has set aside around Rp 800 billion (US$58.7 million) from the city’s 2018 budget to procure land in riverbank areas to pave the way for the river restoration project, which had reached 50 percent completion as of Friday.
The project, which has been ongoing since 2013, to mitigate flooding in Jakarta is being conducted by the city administration with the support of the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry. (vny)
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