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Jakarta to fortify coastal areas to reduce flood risks

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27, 2020   /  02:10 pm
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Children play in a flooded area of Muara Baru, Penjaringan, North Jakarta on Jan. 13. The coastal area suffers land subsidence in addition to rising tidal waves.(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso/)

As residents in Jakarta’s coastal areas have long dealt with regular flooding from both heavy rainfall and rising tidal waves, the city administration plans to implement a zero-runoff concept to minimize flood impacts. The areas bordering on the Jakarta Bay in North Jakarta were under constant threat from the rising sea level and land subsidence. The zero-runoff concept would optimize [the flow of] water from the runoff in designated artificial lakes, North Jakarta Mayor Sigit Wijatmoko said. As the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had predicted high tides in the coastal areas for the past week, Sigit admitted the administration had let floods remain for a few hours at some places after heavy downpour on Friday. “During high tide, it is impossible to pump water from land toward the sea because the water would forcibly get back to the land,”...