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Jakarta Post

Property developers in hot seat over floods

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27 2020   /  12:30 am

Recent flooding across Greater Jakarta has raised questions as to whether property developers should bear the responsibility of floods in their areas, with residents of several communities staging protests — one of which turned violent — after their homes were inundated after heavy rainfall.Siti, a 44-year-old resident of East Cakung, East Jakarta, was finally able to lay out her mattress in front of her home to let it dry under the sun after floodwaters receded on Wednesday.She said the dam of a water disposal facility for the Jakarta Garden City (JGC) housing complex had overflowed during heavy rain and inundated her neighborhood on Sunday morning.“We never had floods before, not until the complex was built around 500 meters from here,” Siti said. “This was the worst disaster I’ve seen during my 30 years of living in this area.”Around 6 kilometers from Cakung, a resident ...