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Jakarta sinks at slower pace, but more areas affected

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  01:10 am
On the brink: Sari, 35, stands in front of a slum near Jakarta Bay seawall in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, where she has lived for the past 25 years. Sari has to put up with flooding every time heavy rain soaks the area or the tide from Jakarta Bay rises.(JP/Nina A. Loasana)(JP/Nina A. Loasana)

On the brink: Sari, 35, stands in front of a slum near Jakarta Bay seawall in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, where she has lived for the past 25 years. Sari has to put up with flooding every time heavy rain soaks the area or the tide from Jakarta Bay rises.(JP/Nina A. Loasana)For 25 years, Sari, a 35-year-old woman living in a kampung in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, has had to put up with flooding from heavy rainfall and the rising tides of Jakarta Bay. A four-meter-high seawall erected along the water’s edge does not always protect the area, which is located less than 300 M from the sea.“Tidal flooding is an almost daily threat for us, especially during the rainy season. Just last month, our community unit was flooded about 20 centimeters after heavy rainfall. I really want to move to another, better, place, but I just can’t afford it,” Sari told The Jakarta Post on Friday.H...