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Flooding in South Jakarta as Kali Pulo River embankment breaks

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 14, 2019   /   02:07 pm
Flooding in South Jakarta as Kali Pulo River embankment breaks The Ciliwung River, as seen in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, in November 2017. (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)

The embankment of the Kali Pulo River in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, burst on Sunday amid heavy downpour throughout the day and unusual volumes of water from the upstream area, causing overflow.

South Jakarta Water Management Agency head Holi Susanto confirmed that the broken embankment, locally known as the Baswedan embankment, is located next to the Sabili Mosque in neighborhood unit 04 (RT 04) of community unit 06 in the Jatipadang subdistrict. 

The accident was first reported at around 6:30 p.m.

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Holi said the agency's workers, assisted by manpower from the city's public facilities maintenance agency (PPSU) and the Indonesian Military, had built a makeshift barrier “by placing wooden piles plus sandbags to temporarily withstand the water,” he said, as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that his agency would replace the temporary measure with permanent piles once the water receded.

Parts of RT 03 and RT 04 were inundated with river water, the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency said on its Twitter account @BPBDJakarta on Monday.  

The agency reported that the water had receded by 5:10 a.m. on Monday.

The embankment had undergone repairs after it had collapsed in December 2017. City officials found cracks in the embankment in February last year and responded with more repair work. (sau/dmr)