Torrential rain, strong winds damage Jakabaring Sports City venues, LRT station
The Jakarta Post
Torrential rain, coupled with strong winds that hit Jakabaring, Palembang, South Sumatra over the weekend damaged the Jakabaring Sports City, a light rapid transit (LRT) station and houses. No casualties or injuries have been reported but the sports facilities have been temporarily closed for security reasons.
The Jakabaring Sports City, which cohosted the Asian Games in August and September, saw a number of its venues damaged. The water ski dock, rowing venue’s tribune roof and iconic Asian Games’ billboard collapsed, while the tennis courts were heavily damaged.
Several trees and electricity poles in the area also collapsed, while the ceiling tiles of an LTR station fell to the ground.
The Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency’s Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport office has advised residents to remain alert, particularly in the afternoon as extreme weather will continue to haunt the Jakabaring area.
South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru promised that his administration would repair the facilities in the near future.
The transportation authority also assured that the remaining 12 LRT stations in the city remained operational. (swd)
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