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Jakarta Post

MRT emergency drill tackles concerns of disasters in tunnels

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8 2019   /  01:13 am

Amid excitement over the start of the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) this month, commuters who have never experienced a subway train service in Indonesia have raised concerns over possible emergency situations, such as floods and fires.Lilianti, 39, a Jatibening resident of West Java who attended an MRT evacuation drill at Dukuh Atas Station in South Jakarta on Tuesday, said she was most concerned about flooding, considering that the station is located 24 meters below ground level.“Floods in MRT tunnels had happened in other countries. If it could happen to them, it is also possible for Jakarta, where it floods even with a little bit of rain,” she told The Jakarta Post.She urged PT MRT Jakarta, the city-owned firm to operate the service, to prepare adequate preventive measures in case of heavy rains and floods.In October 2017, an unprecedented flood occurred in a tunnel betwee...