The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration will demolish buildings standing on unstable land along Jl. Pesona IX in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta after a landslide hit the area.
The landslide destroyed and buried the garage of a house along with a motorcycle parked inside, after heavy rain on Monday.
During his inspection on Tuesday morning, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the house impacted by the landslide had been built without a building permit (IMB).
“The [destroyed] house stands in the green zone, hence no buildings are allowed here. There’s a significant difference in the ground height. But as we can see, the area is packed with illegal buildings,” he said.
“The buildings stand over ground waterways, which weaken the ground and make them difficult to support, hence the landslide,” he added.
Houses that stand around the dikes will be inspected. Those at risk of being affected by landslides will be demolished and the owners will be asked to move to safer locations.
Anies said he would ask Bina Marga road agency to rebuild dikes in the area to prevent landslides in the future.
Locals said they had noticed cracks along the affected garage’s walls, which may have no longer been able to contain water absorbed by the soil.
Head of neighborhood unit (RT) 004 and community unit (RW) 009, Surahman, said the illegal buildings were constructed in 2002.
“It used to be a green zone, but after the Reform Era [in 1998], many buildings started appearing in the area without permits,” he said.