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Jakarta Post

Massive floods hit Greater Jakarta, Bandung in early 2020

Thu, January 2, 2020   /   01:01 am
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    Water inundates Jl. S. Parman in West Jakarta on Jan. 1. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    A traffic officer directs motorists at kilometer 8 of the Serpong toll road on Jan. 1, 2020. JP/R Berto Wedhatama

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    Residents move a car at the Blue Bird taxi pool in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, on Jan. 1. Antara/Galih Pradipta

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    Cars are seen partially submerged in water at the Express taxi pool in Tanah Kusir, South Jakarta, on Jan. 1. JP/R Berto Wedhatama

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    A search and rescue team uses a rubber boat to rescue flood victims at the Jati Bening Permai housing complex in Bekasi on Jan. 1. Antara/Saptono

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    Children play during a flood in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, on Jan. 1. Antara/M Risyal Hidayat

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    Amurva Bhumi (Hok Tek Tjeng Sin) Buddhist temple in Karet Semanggi, Jakarta, as seen on Jan. 1. Antara/Aprillio Akbar

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    Railways tracks at Tanah Abang Station in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, are inundated with water on Jan. 1. JP/Dionnasius Aditya

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    Residents stand near a damaged car after a flood in Cimareme, West Bandung, West Java, on Jan. 1. Antara/Novrian Arbi

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    A motorcyclist rides through a flood on Jl. S. Parman in West Jakarta on Jan. 1. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

Massive floods marked the first day of 2020 in Greater Jakarta on Wednesday after heavy rains pounded the the capital and its peripheral areas since New Year’s Eve.  

The rain that has soaked the capital city since Tuesday has caused floods in housing areas, at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta and disrupted train networks.

The Transportation Ministry’s air transportation director-general, Polana B. Pramesti, said the airport has been closed since midnight, since its runways were inundated by up to 80 centimeters of water.

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East Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency head Gatot Sulaeman told The Jakarta Post that more than 500 residents had been evacuated from 10 points in Pulo Gadung, Ciracas, Makasar, Jatinegara, Duren Sawit, Kramat Jati and Cakung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Anies said, in a recorded statement to Jakarta administration staffers received by the Post, that all government offices and schools should be ready to be used as shelters for evacuees. He ordered road safety to be ensured, including through the preparation of alternative routes for public transportation affected by the floods.

Commuter train operator PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) said adjustments had been made on some routes as the tracks were flooded in parts. The operator had temporarily stopped serving the Lintas Duri to Tangerang route and trains were unable to pass Tanah Abang station. Those traveling from Rangkasbitung, Maja, Parungpanjang and Serpong would have to alight at Palmerah Station or Kebayoran Station.