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Jakarta Post

Residents brace for floods as rain starts soaking Jakarta

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  08:09 am
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Jakarta search and rescue personnel help evacuate residents from a flooded area in East Pejaten, South Jakarta, in February 2018.(Antara/Atika Fauziyyah)

It has been years since Rohani, a 66-year-old resident of community unit (RW) 4 of Kedoya Selatan subdistrict in West Jakarta, put her 1.7-meter tall refrigerator on top of a 1-m high table in her living room. Even though it looks odd, Rohani said she did it with a purpose -- she wouldn’t have to rush and move it to a higher place in case of flooding. Having experienced so many floods in her life, Rohani, whose house stands right in front of a river, said she did her best to minimize losses during floods, such as placing a 30-centimeter wooden plank on her doorstep to prevent water from entering her house and putting all of her electronic appliances onto a high table. She also purposely did not purchase any sofas for her house, as they were too heavy to be moved and would get submerged and damaged during floods. “The locals have already got used to flooding. We se...