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Jakarta’s poor residents suffer most from floods

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  01:43 am
Simple tools: Workers revamp the sidewalk on a 300-meter section of Jl. RM Margono Djojohadikoesoemo in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. The project near the West Flood Canal is to be concluded in February. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Simple tools: Workers revamp the sidewalk on a 300-meter section of Jl. RM Margono Djojohadikoesoemo in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. The project near the West Flood Canal is to be concluded in February. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)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 th...