The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration will prepare a special tent for displaced COVID-19 patients who are affected by floods, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.
The tent will consist of several booths, which can be used by patients or other displaced residents who are undergoing self-isolation.
“We will prepare special tents in the flood shelters, as well as the transportation [for the COVID-19 patients],” Anies said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.
Moreover, the Jakarta administration will also provide a special boat to carry COVID-19 patients as well as asymptomatic patients. This boat will be marked to separate it from boats for healthy residents.
Previously the national COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, warned the public about possible infection clusters at shelters for flood victims.
“We are calling on regional governments to be vigilant to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. One potential source of COVID-19 clusters would be the flood victims’ shelters,” he said.
Adherence to health protocols at the shelters, including wearing masks, physical distancing and washing hands, could reduce the risk of transmission, he said.
He also noted the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the shelters and providing sufficient air circulation and sunlight to protect the people from common rainy season illnesses.
Anies explained that the La Nina phenomenon was most likely to occur in Indonesia this year. This phenomenon is forecast to cause weather anomalies, such as a spike in rainfall intensity across the nation, including in Jakarta.
Previously, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned that the current La Nina weather phenomenon could increase accumulated precipitation in Indonesia by up to 40 percent, with heavy rainfall expected in several regions across the archipelago.
Anies revealed that Jakarta's drainage capacity was only able to cope with 100 millimeters of rainfall intensity per day, which means he predicted that there would be no flooding if the intensity of rainfall was below 100 mm.
However, if it amounts to more 100 mm, he expected the flooding to subside within six hours.
“It’s our responsibility to combine our efforts so that the flooding will subside in less than six hours,” Anies said.
Intensive precipitation, Anies went on to say, could lead to flooding. Heavy rainfall in the mountain area could lead to inundations in coastal areas, including Jakarta.
“We have time to prepare since it takes nine to 10 hours for the water in Katulampa Dam to arrive in Jakarta. It will take three hours until it reaches Depok, and six hours from Depok to Manggarai,” he said. (dpk)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.