The Jakarta Post
Residents of Muara Baru, North Jakarta, have noticed several holes in the sea wall that stretches 250 meters along the water. They said they were worried that the leaks would eventually break the wall.
“We’re afraid that the sea wall would break. It had happened in 2007, don’t let it happen again,” said a resident named Arifin on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
In 2007, Arifin added, the sea wall, which was built five years earlier, was damaged and leaks appeared, making the damage worse. Seawater then inundated the neighborhood.
Today, water leaking from holes has flooded roads in front of some houses to a depth of 10 centimeters. The leaks appear to be several years old as moss is growing around all the holes.
“I didn’t think it would cause a flood though. The water pooled and flowed somewhere else,” said another resident, Dedi.
The residents have called on the city administration to repair the sea wall to prevent flooding. (vla)