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Bandung blames heavy rain, poor drainage for flash flood

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Tue, October 25, 2016   /  11:46 am
Bandung blames heavy rain, poor drainage for flash flood Workers at a Bandung gas station clear the floor of mud after two-hours of heavy rain soaked the city and flooded Jl. Pasteur on Oct. 24. (JP/Arya Dipa)

The Bandung administration blames heavy rain as the main cause of a two-hour flood that swept several main roads of the city and led to one casualty.

Bandung’s Bina Marga road agency head Iskandar Zulkarnaen said extraordinary heavy rain unexpectedly flooded the riverbank beyond its maximum capacity on Monday. Thus, overflowing water from the Citepu River inundated Jl. Pasteur and Jl. Sukamulya.

"Because of the excessive heavy rain, the river is unable to contain the water," he said to reporters in Bandung as quoted by kompas.com.

Zulkarnaen further acknowledged that the poor drainage on Jl. Pasteur and dredging that yet had started of a water canal behind Bandung Trade Mall (BTC) had worsened the flood. "We actually have planned to dredge the waterway, but the heavy rain came much earlier. Thus, we will improve the waterway and station several water pumps as directed by the mayor," he said.

The flash flood reportedly took the life of Ade Sudrajat (30), after he fell into the water and was swept away while trying to assist his friend escape from flooding on Jl. Setia Budi. His body was later found in a gutter.

“His hand was stuck to a pipe,” a Bandung resident named Endang told The Jakarta Post, “This is the worst flood I have ever seen here. A previous flash flood was just as severe as this one, but lasted less than one hour.” (ags)

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