The Jakarta Post
A candidate for Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, visited Jagakarsa in South Jakarta and received complaints about frequent flooding in the area from the residents.
Sulastri, a resident, said Jagakarsa never used to flood, but now it happened frequently, ever since the development of housing complexes by developers around her neighborhood.
Anies said the problem was the lack of water absorption areas. “Many violate building regulations. We have to enforce the regulation. South Jakarta is an absorption area. Each place has to be built with absorption wells -- more so in developers’ housing clusters,” he said during a talk show on Bens Radio on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.
Anies said the dwindling numbers of absorption areas caused high run-off and rainwater went straight into drains, causing floods in other areas.
He said the administration should be able to use materials for roads that could absorb water more. “Flooding is not a natural disaster. It is about water management,” he said. (evi)
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