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Jakarta Post

Jakartans scramble for flood information amid ‘inundation’ of fake news

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 28, 2020   /  03:13 pm
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Floods hit the densely populated area of Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta on Tuesday. High intensity rain and poor drainage systems have caused several locations in the capital to flood. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan )

Dian Kurniati, a 27-year-old living in Matraman, East Jakarta, grew concerned when she an image of a flooded area on her Twitter timeline Tuesday morning. The picture, she said, showed thigh-high flooding at the Bank Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. She was confused as to how she would be able to get to work as her office was in a flooded area.  However, after reading many Twitter replies, her anxiety over the flooding gradually subsided. “Other Twitter users said that the picture was taken long before the flooding happened but that made me confused about the actual situation at the traffic circle. Later, I turned to Google to search about the condition in the area and found that the picture was somewhat a hoax,” Dian told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Dian was not alone in coming across invalid information scattered on...