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Jakarta's 'flood control' under fire as thousands displaced

  • Sausan Atika and Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /  02:17 pm
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Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya in Central Jakarta is submerged in floodwaters on the morning of Feb. 25, 2020.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The frequent heavy inundation caused by extreme rainfall and river floods across Jakarta since New Year’s Eve has raised questions about the city's flood management capacity. Floodwaters in several areas of the capital Jakarta had just begun to recede on Monday morning, but heavy rains again battered the city overnight to cause mild to severe flooding on Tuesday morning that paralyzed traffic on several major streets. According to PetaBencana.id, which provides real-time flood information, 87 areas across the city had reported floods by 8:53 a.m. on Feb. 25. With Tuesday's flooding, several Commuter train lines and Transjakarta bus routes serving Greater Jakarta have been disrupted for two consecutive days. Several major train stations were closed on Tuesday due to the flooding, including Ga...