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Jakarta Post

Floods affect 11,000 Jakarta residents

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 6, 2018   /   06:15 pm
Floods affect 11,000 Jakarta residents Officers evacuate residents affected by floodwaters in Pejaten Timur, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, on Monday. (Antara/Atika Fauziyyah)

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency reported that more than 11,000 residents in three regions have been affected by floods, with half of them having to be evacuated.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 7,288 families -- totaling 11,450 residents -- spread over 12 districts in East, South and West Jakarta have been affected by the floods, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data showed. Thousands of homes are reportedly inundated with waters.

“As many as 6,532 residents have been evacuated to 31 shelters in South and East Jakarta. Many others, however, refused to be evacuated and stayed at home,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement on Tuesday.

The water level in Katulampa dam in Bogor, West Java, reached 240 centimeters prompting a level I alert on Monday. It caused inundation in some areas of the city.

In East Jakarta, 1,575 Kramatjati district residents were evacuated, followed by Jatinegara district with 1,057. Meanwhile, in South Jakarta most of the affected residents, numbering 3,200, live in Pancoran district, followed by Tebet district with 700 people.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the water level in Katulampa dam was considered normal, while the Manggarai sluice gate in South Jakarta reached level III.

The Jakarta administration has prepared 450 water pumps in anticipation of more floods. 

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