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Jakarta Post

Key to Jakarta's floods: Basin flood management

  • The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Sat, March 22 2008   /  01:40 pm

Flooding is an annual event in Jakarta during the wet season, and the flooding has become more devastating recently. Even the turnprike to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport was recently flooded. Several areas in northern Jakarta, located near the coast, were inundated for several weeks in the last few months, according to media reports. It seems the government is not serious in its attempt to reduce the flood risk because flooding is widespread and has become more devastating. Yet, communities living in flood prone areas have become accustomed to flooding. The flood problem in Jakarta is complex, and needs a comprehensive approach to solve it. According to Andjelkovic (2001), flooding is caused by extreme natural events occurring within a drainage basin, also referred to as a river basin, a catchment area or a watershed. Drainage basins can be rural and...