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Part of house washed away as embankment collapses in South Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 16, 2019   /   07:08 pm
Part of house washed away as embankment collapses in South Jakarta The front part of a house belonging to Marullah was damaged by a strong current following the collapse of an embankment in Jatipadang, South Jakarta, on April, 16. (Kompas.com/Walda Marison)

An embankment in Jatipadang in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rain, washing away parts of a house overlooking the Pulo River.

The embankment, made independently by local residents and later improved by the Jakarta administration, has collapsed several times this year, with the latest incident on March 31. Similar to previous incidents, the embankment collapsed after hours of rain on Tuesday, which increased the volume of water in the river.

A sidewalk and a house were also inundated after the embankment collapsed. Part of a house belonging to a local resident named Marullah, 41, was washed away by the strong current.

“The land in front of my house is unstable. The river current was so strong that it impacted my house,” he said as reported by kompas.com.

Marullah and his family escaped the house through the back door.

“Thank God there were no casualties,” he said.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in Jatipadang, where many people live on riverbanks. Personnel from the South Jakarta Water Management Agency arrived at the location to help evacuate people from their flooded homes. (rin)