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Jakarta Post

Floods take toll, slow down logistics

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 16 2012   /  09:26 am

Incessant rain in several regencies in Banten province over the past three days has triggered floods and landslides, leaving not only three people dead and more than 13,000 homes inundated, but also hampering the flow of goods from Sumatra to Java and vice versa, an agency said on Sunday.

The Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement that residents in Lebak, Pandeglang, Serang, Serang mayoralty, Cilegon mayoralty and Tangerang had to deal with floods of up to five meters deep, while a landslide also struck in Lebak regency.

He said that the Banten floods had affected the Jakarta–Merak toll road at kilometer 58 and 59, forcing a reroute of traffic causing traffic jams as long as 35 kilometers.

“Based on our observation, the floodwater is still more than one meter deep making the road impassable to trucks,” Suha...