The Jakarta Post
Heavy rainfall in Bogor, West Java, over the weekend has raised the water level at the Katulampa sluice gate to an alarming level, raising concerns of possible floods in Jakarta this afternoon.
The Bogor Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Bogor) reported on Monday that the water level had rapidly increased from 70 centimeters at 3 a.m. to 240 cm at 9 a.m.
The BPBD Bogor has escalated the water level emergency status and warned the BPBD Jakarta of possible flooding in the capital in the afternoon. The Bogor agency urged its Jakarta counterpart to warn people residing in Ciliwung riverbank areas to prepare for the potential floods.
“Water will flow to the Manggarai gate while passing Srengseng Sawah, Rawajati, Kalibata, Pengadegan, Pejaten Timur, Kebon Baru, Bukit Duri, Bealekambang, Cililitan, Cawang, Bidara Cina and Kampung Melayu,” the agency said in a statement on Monday.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the water was likely to inundate several parts of Jakarta.Read also: 54 areas in Jakarta hit by floods
“Water levels at the rivers Krukut, Cipinang, Sunter, Karet and Pesanggrahan are still normal,” he said.
Katulampa sluice gate head Andi Sudirman told tempo.co recently that, “we’re currently focusing our monitoring on the Puncak [the hilly side of Bogor regency] area, where mild to heavy rainfall is common. The water level is predicted to reach a high in March.” (vla/wit)