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Jakarta to raise land at Tanah Kusir cemetery

Jakarta to raise land at Tanah Kusir cemetery Flood inundate some graves in Tanah Kusir public cemetery in this file photo. To prevent flooding in Tanah Kusir cemetery, the Forestry Agency plans to elevate the land level by piling up the affected areas with soil. (Warta Kota via kompas.com/Dwi Rizki)
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, October 4, 2018 2018-10-04 15:59 954 882ab4bc56dbda08a069b30877608e54 1 City cemetery,Jakarta-administration,grave,flood-control Free

To prevent flooding at Tanah Kusir Cemetery in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, the Jakarta Forestry Agency has announced its plans to elevate the land level of designated sections with fill soil.

Families of those buried at the cemetery were invited to attend an explanatory session on Thursday afternoon.

The blad (section) designated for the fill are sections 93, 94, 95, 87, 86, 85 and 100 located in the Christian area in the northern part of the cemetery. 

Tanah Kusir Cemetery head caretaker Gunawan told The Jakarta Post that the designated areas might comprise more than 100 graves across 1 hectare of land.

“The plan has been discussed since last year. The areas often flood when it rains. We want to finish the work while it is still the dry season,” he said on Thursday.

According to Gunawan, the soil for the fill would be provided by the Jakarta Water Management Agency.

The forestry agency also planned to use the city budget to reposition the headstones and transplant grass in the affected sections.