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Jakarta needs disaster warning system for Olympic bid: NOC

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10, 2020   /  07:39 pm
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Dozens of cars are submerged after floods hit the Kemang area, South Jakarta, on Jan.1. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The capacity of a city to host a multisport event can be gauged through a lot of factors, not only from staging a successful sporting tournament in itself but also its preparedness for emergencies, including natural disasters. Despite being heavily criticized for its initial failings in welcoming participants at the beginning of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in November last year, the Philippines managed to reassure all the parties involved in the event when Typhoon Kamuri made landfall in the country during the Games. With an early-warning system that was directly connected with telecommunication providers, athletes, officials and journalists participating at the Games could avoid the worst of the typhoon. The Games’ organizers immediately postponed several competitions such as rowing in Subic, which is a bay area, when the conditions were viewed as too dangerous f...