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Jakarta Post

Reduce urbanization

  • Deden Rukmana

Savannah, GA   /   Sat, February 9 2008   /  02:16 pm

In February 2007, the worst flooding in Jakarta's history inundated about 70 percent of the city, killed at least 57 people and sent about 450,000 fleeing their homes. Almost exactly a year later, floods hit Jakarta again. This clearly indicates that flooding is an annual event in Jakarta. Fortunately, the extent of this year's flooding was not as great as in 2007. Hours of heavy rain in Jakarta caused most of the main roads in the capital to be submerged in knee-deep water, bringing traffic to a near standstill. Thirty-seven of 267 subdistricts in Jakarta were inundated by more than 40 centimeters of water. Floodwaters caused public transportation, including the busway lines across Jakarta, to stop operations, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. One of the major impacts of this year's flooding was the inundation of the Sedyatmo toll road to Soekarno-Hatta International A...