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Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   12:07 pm
Got a Google Maps link on floods? Careful, it’s misinformation, says BNPB Novel commute: Two men use a cart to carry a motorcycle, its ride-hailing driver and her passenger through floodwaters on the morning of Feb. 25 in Grogol, Jakarta. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has cautioned city residents over a widely shared link to Google Maps purporting to show flooded areas in Jakarta.

“The attached flood [area] map has been widely shared. It is also being shared as a Google Maps link. The map shows flooded areas in 2013. The updated flood map based on public reports can be accessed at petabencana.id,” BNPB spokesperson Agus Wibowo posted to Twitter on Tuesday. 

Following the link reveals that the map was created on Jan. 20, 2013.

The map, which shows massive flooding across most of Jakarta, has been circulating via messaging apps and on social media since Tuesday morning.

Google Indonesia did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post's request for comment.

Residents once again awoke to widespread flooding on Tuesday, following heavy overnight rains in the capital and surrounding areas.

Mild to severe flooding across Greater Jakarta has paralyzed traffic on several major roads and disrupted public transportation.