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Residents in flood-prone areas of Jakarta blame city for poor drainage system

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, February 1, 2020   /  11:04 am
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Motorcyclists doze while waiting out a flood in Jelambar, West Jakarta, on Jan. 1.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan )

A brief rain dampened Jakarta’s roads on Monday morning, but many residents in flood-prone areas were gathering up belongings on the ground floor, worrying that water would enter the house. “It rained on Saturday and the water pooled again as high as 15 centimeters. We had to go upstairs, and we have not been relaxed since the flooding on New Year’s Eve,” said Ratih Ana, a homemaker living in the Kebon Jeruk Baru housing complex in West Jakarta. Tens of houses in the densely populated area, along with other flood-prone locations including Semanggi Interchange in Central Jakarta and Jl. Boulevard Barat in North Jakarta, were hit by a flash flood on Saturday morning as the result of a downpour that started on Friday night. Residents of Kebon Jeruk Baru suspected that the nearby Anak Kali Pesanggrahan water channel was clogged and was unable drain water, but...