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Jakarta drafts contingency plan to curb disaster risks

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 4 2012   /  09:31 am

The Jakarta administration is devising a disaster preparation plan to help manage the extraordinary risk that disastrous flooding poses to the capital.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) is drafting a contingency plan for Jakarta’s five municipalities, in a bid to educate citizens on disaster mitigation.

“We are planning to provide evacuation maps and flooding-mitigation guides in each community unit across the city,” BPBD Arfan Arkili said Tuesday.

The guide, Arfan explained, would provide details of safe spots in the area that residents could use to evacuate and also a list of emergency numbers to call.

“The aim of the contingency plan is to provide enough information for the citizens so they won’t be helpless in face of disaster,” he said.

The plan’s development will be supported by the United Nations Secretariat’s Office f...