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Jakarta Post

PLN cuts power to flood-affected areas over safety concerns

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   11:36 am
PLN cuts power to flood-affected areas over safety concerns Children play in floodwater in the Pondok Maharta housing complex, Pondok Kacang, South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday (02/25/2020). (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

State-owned electricity firm PLN has cut off the power supply in several areas in Greater Jakarta following widespread flooding on Tuesday morning. 

According to PLN Greater Jakarta distribution general manager M. Ikhsan Asaad, 326 electricity substations have been switched off in flood-affected areas for safety concerns. They include Pondok Kopi in East Jakarta, Cempaka Putih and Menteng in Central Jakarta, as well as Pondok Gede in Bekasi, West Java.

“We urge people who live in areas affected by floods to switch off their power supply through the miniature circuit breaker, unplug electrical devices from the electric sockets and move them to a safer place,” Ikhsan said.

He added that residents in flooded areas should contact the PLN call center at 123 or the nearest PLN office to switch off the power supply in their area and contact them again once the water had receded to turn the power back on. 

“Make sure that all electronic devices and power circuits are dry,” he said.