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Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commuters

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /   10:28 am
Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commuters Vehicles move slowly on a flooded Jl. Rasuna Said in Kuningan, Jakarta, on Tuesday. Heavy rain since Monday morning has left numerous areas of the capital flooded. (Antara/ Galih Pradipta)

Jakarta residents once again woke up to widespread flooding on Tuesday following heavy rain in the capital and the surrounding areas in the night.

The mild to severe flooding across Greater Jakarta has paralyzed traffic on several major streets and disrupted a number of public transportation services.

Read also: Update: Transportation services disrupted by flooding on Tuesday

According to PetaBencana.id, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) website for real-time flood information, 87 floods were reported across the city as of 8:53 a.m. on Tuesday. The map showed a high-alert status for several areas, such as Cipinang Melayu and Bidara Cina in East Jakarta, with floodwaters reaching a depth of more than 150 centimeters in some parts.

Several key train stations have been closed down because of the flooding, including Gambir Station and Sudirman Station.

PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) spokeswoman Anne Purba said operations on several commuter train lines in Greater Jakarta were disrupted, including from Tanah Abang to the stations of Serpong, Maja and Rangkasbitung in Tangerang. Trains serving the Bekasi-Kota, Bogor-Kota and Bogor/Depok-Angke/Jatinegara routes were forced to stop at Manggarai Station because of the flooding. Trains serving the Bekasi-Kota route were forced to stop at Pasar Senen Station.

Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said operations on 22 Transjakarta bus routes and 14 Jak Lingko angkot (public minivan) routes had been suspended while 12 other routes had been diverted. Power had been cut to 20 Transjakarta bus stops.

“For bus stops that have no power, tear-off tickets are sold manually,” he said. 

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

Meanwhile, state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga said 12 highway sections were also affected by flooding, including parts of the Jagorawi toll road, the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road and the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road.

Jasa Marga said the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) was the worst hit, with a section of the road near Rorotan, North Jakarta, closed down because it was inundated by 45 to 50 cm of water.

“Jasa Marga staff on the Jakarta-Cikampek route are setting up signs to warn drivers to slow down before the flooded area,” Jasa Marga spokesperson Dwimawan Heru said in a press release.

The floods have prompted the Jakarta Traffic Police to suspend the odd-even license plate policy.

“On orders of the Jakarta Police Traffic director, the odd-even license plate policy will not be enforced today, because the situation makes it impossible,” the Jakarta Traffic Police posted on their Twitter account @TMCPOLDaMetro.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that heavy rain would continue in Greater Jakarta throughout Tuesday.