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Jakarta’s low-income residents suffer most from failed flood mitigation

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 23, 2020   /  09:57 am
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In the same boat: Soldiers help rescue residents from the flood-hit Bojong Indah residential area in West Jakarta earlier this month. Cooperation between the central government and local administrations is key to solving the annual disaster.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Recent flooding in Greater Jakarta has shown the harrowing impacts of extreme weather caused by the climate crisis, and the ones who suffer most are people in the low-income bracket, observers say. “Take a look at the victims of disasters around the world. Most of them are the poor, people who are politically powerless. That is why [flood risks are] ignored. The question is: who should fight for this?” asked Bogor Agricultural University forest policy professor Hariadi Kartodihardjo in a recent panel discussion, when explaining numerous infrastructure failures that led to the ecological crisis in the capital.  The head campaigner for energy and urban issues of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), Dwi Sawung, told The Jakarta Post that underprivileged communities were particularly vulnerable to extreme weather because they resided near riverbanks or in ...