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Heavy rainfall in Jakarta topples trees, disrupts traffic

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 11, 2017   /   06:48 pm
Heavy rainfall in Jakarta topples trees, disrupts traffic Vehicles were stuck at the end of the Setiabudi tunnel in South Jakarta, which was inundated by floods on Monday afternoon. (Warta Kota/Banu Adikara)

A nearly two-hour heavy rainfall inundated Jakarta and toppled trees on Monday, leading to heavy traffic in some areas.

A commuter train passing Karet Station in Central Jakarta and Ancol Station in North Jakarta was temporarily stopped after trees fell onto its power cables at around 2 p.m. 

The fallen trees affected the Tanah Abang-Manggarai and Jakarta Kota-Tanjung Priok routes. 

"We advised customers to use another mode of transportation," Eva Chairunisa, spokesperson of Kereta Commuter Indonesia, which operates the train, said in a statement. She added that there would be refunds for affected passengers. 

Following evacuations, the trains resumed operations around two hours later, as reported via the company's Twitter handle @CommuterLine.

Meanwhile, 50-centimeter-deep floodwaters reportedly inundated Jl. Dukuh Bawah, in South Jakarta, preventing motorists from using the underpass. At 4 p.m., however, the traffic started to move normally again, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) via its Twitter handle @BPBDJakarta.

The Jakarta Police's Traffic Management Center has reported several fallen trees, including on Jl. Pejompongan Raya and in front of Mulia Hotel in Senayan, both in Central Jakarta. (fac)

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