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Jakarta Post

Environmentalists consider suing govt over South Kalimantan flood

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 31, 2021   /  11:33 am
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An aerial photo of the Hantakan River in Alat village, Hulu Sungai Tengah regency, South Kalimantan on Jan. 20, 2021. The region was hit by massive flooding following days of heavy rainfall.(Antara/Muhammad Nova)

A coalition of civil groups is mulling over a plan to file a lawsuit against the government, demanding the latter take responsibility for environmental damage that led to widespread flooding in South Kalimantan recently. Days of heavy rainfall that began in early January triggered massive flooding in the province, inundating all but two regencies. The floods killed at least 21 people and forced more than 110,000 others to flee their homes. While environmentalists pointed fingers at deforestation and tree cover loss as the root of the disaster, the government downplayed the role of such damage, saying the flooding was primarily caused by a weather anomaly. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the intensity of rainfall had surpassed the capacity of the Barito River, the largest river in the province. Members of the Bersihkan Indonesia Coalition (Cleaning Indonesia Coali...