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Weather, road access obstruct restoration of collapsed Jatipadang embankment

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 17, 2019   /   08:42 pm
Weather, road access obstruct restoration of collapsed Jatipadang embankment Workers from the South Jakarta Water Management Office repair a damaged embankment in Jatipadang subdistrict, South Jakarta, in this file photo. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Weather and difficult access for heavy equipment vehicles have obstructed the restoration of a collapsed embankment in Jatipadang in South Jakarta, South Jakarta Mayor Marullah Matalli has said.

The embankment collapsed again following a heavy downpour on Tuesday. The embankment has collapsed several times this year during heavy rain that increased the water volume of the Pulo River.

The South Jakarta administration planned to build a permanent embankment to replace the temporary one built by residents.

“[Good] weather is important to make way for the permanent repair,” Marullah said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.

However, the plan could not be executed during rain as it would affect the cement used for the project.

He further said temporary repairs must also be carried out manually by workers as heavy equipment could not reach the riverbank.

“The access is only a pathway that can fit two people or one motorbike. It is difficult for heavy equipment to get in. I thought it would be easier for portable equipment but apparently, we don’t have it either,” Marullah said.

He added the collapsed part of the embankment was long and needed immediate attention. Workers had placed sandbags and wood in the damaged parts as a temporary measure to prevent flooding.

The collapsed embankment had inundated the area near the riverbank, cut off road access and even washed away parts of a resident's house. (sau).