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Jakarta Post

Rapid response key to flood prevention

  • Hidayat Pawitan and Yopi Ilhamsyah


Banda Aceh/Bogor   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /  10:36 am
Rapid response key to flood prevention In the same boat: Soldiers help evacuate residents from the flood-hit Bojong Indah residential area in West Jakarta earlier this month. Cooperation between the central government and local administrations key to solving the annual disaster. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Entering the New Year, the capital city was severely flooded. The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported heavy to very heavy intensity rainfall spread across Greater Jakarta, concentrated in the eastern part of Jakarta with the highest level recorded in the Halim Perdanakusuma area. It was the highest recorded rainfall since 1866. The BMKG reported that the atmospheric phenomena of the strengthening Asian monsoon flow and the location of the intertropical convergence zone, a low-pressure area located precisely over the north of Java, had caused the heavy downpour of that scale on the northern coast of Java. This circumstance was observed a few days earlier on the north coast of Java, such as flooding that occurred at the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road in Indramayu. Toward the New Year, this low pressure was stronger in Jakarta, especially in the easter...

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