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Jakarta Post

Fire-prone areas leave little room for rescue

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:26 am

Semipermanent residential areas of Jakarta frequently experience fire incidents. Making matters worse, these areas have little room for rescue personnel to operate once a fire breaks out, with narrow roads hampering efforts for fire trucks to approach and limited water sources, let alone hydrants, to put out the flames.

The capital city is home to some 10 million people, many of whom live in cramped semipermanent residential areas spread throughout its five municipalities. Houses standing side by side in these areas are usually made of flammable plywood, while some of the narrow alleyways are barely wide enough for motorcycles to pass.

West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency operational head Rompis Romlih said the high population density made the semipermanent housing areas prone to fires.

“Many people live in one cramped area, in houses that are made of flammable mat...