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Jakarta Post

From direct warnings to restoring embankments, cities beef up for potential floods

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10, 2020   /  04:36 pm
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Clouds in Jakarta on Wednesday. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that extreme rainfall will occur in various regions of Indonesia from Jan. 5 to 15. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Following the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency's (BMKG) warning of possible heavy downpours occurring until Sunday across Greater Jakarta, city administrations have been taking measures to mitigate potential floods. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed the city administration had evaluated flood response standard operating procedures after big floods last week that claimed 16 lives and displaced thousands throughout the capital alone. “A new measure would be to directly warn residents about floods instead of through the neighborhood unit, community unit and subdistrict officials. [Officers] would go around with a loudspeaker and siren,” he told reporters on Wednesday. He went on to say the administration had prepared posts at the subdistrict level to provide an immediate response in the event of flooding. Anies previously claimed that 478 pump...