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Jakarta Post

Complex measures, partnerships needed to deal with floods in Jakarta

  • Nina A. Loasana, Vela Andpaita, Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /  08:26 pm
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The Ciliwung River embankment in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, as seen on Nov. 11, 2017.(Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)

As the water subsides from roads and houses and Jakarta starts to recover from the recent massive floods, stakeholders begin to discuss a new approach to deal with the perennial occurrence. The city administration is sticking to its plan to normalize the Ciliwung River, the biggest of 13 rivers that run through the capital by allocating Rp 600 billion (US$43 million) in 2020. However, urbanists say it will need much more than just river normalization to prevent or mitigate floods in the capital city. “Thorough measures and multi-stakeholder partnerships between ministries and officials in three provinces, Jakarta, Banten and West Java, are necessary to solve flood problems in the capital city,” Elisa Sutanudjaja, executive director at the Rujak Center for Urban Studies said in a press conference recently. Elisa explained that river normalization by building a...