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Jakarta agencies play blame game over lack of flood updates

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /   05:35 pm
Jakarta agencies play blame game over lack of flood updates Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) visits an inundated LRT project site in Cawang underpasss, Jakarta on Thursday. Anies said the city administration would install water pumps as part of flood control in flood-prone areas. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Several agencies under the Jakarta administration are playing the blame game over the lack of information about flooding posted on the social media account of the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Kompas.com reported that the last time Twitter account @BPBDJakarta posted about flooding incidents in the capital was on Feb. 16. The account is still active and has posted about other occurrences such as fire and fallen trees, but it has not recently given any updates on floods, including the massive floods in Jati Padang, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta on Sunday and Tuesday.

The heavy rain and punctured embankment had inundated Kampung Air neighborhood in Jati Padang, inundating around 100 houses.

The Twitter handle also failed to provide information about floods after heavy rain hit the city on Tuesday.

When asked about the lack of information from the city administration, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told reporters, “You should ask the BPBD.”

Jakarta BPBD head Subejo said any information about floods would be relayed to the public through the Jakarta Communications, Information and Statistics Agency.

“We have forwarded the data and information [about flooding] to the Jakarta Communications, Informatics and Statistics Agency to be relayed in a single account,” Subejo said on Thursday, kompas.com reported.

However, Jakarta Communications, Information and Statistics Agency head Atika Nur Rahmania brushed off the claim, saying the agency only gathered data from the BPBD and other working units at the city administration.

“They should have informed the public themselves,” Atika said.

She explained that the data that her agency gave to the public was consolidated data, which means not only giving information about the location but also the management, as the agency received information from various agencies. (ami)