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Jakarta Post

Jakarta seeks to open more cemeteries amid COVID-19 grave crisis

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Public cemetery officials bury a COVID-19 victim in an old grave at Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on Jan. 1, 2021. The cemetery has applied a double burial policy because it has no space left.(JP/P.J. Leo)
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta   ●   Sun, January 31, 2021

The Jakarta administration is planning to open 17,900 new graves for COVID-19 victims in six locations after recording a recent increase in the number of burials in the past few weeks.

The administration will launch four cemetery expansion projects and open two new plots that will provide the city with 101,100 square meters of land—an area equivalent to around 14 soccer fields—for coronavirus victims.

Authorities have prepared a 3,000 sq m plot of land to expand the Bambu Apus cemetery in East Jakarta. The expansion will be able to accommodate up to 800 bodies.

The city is also preparing 12,000 sq m of additional land in Srengseng Sawah cemetery in South Jakarta as well as 5,000 sq m in Tegal Alur in West Jakarta, providing space for a further 1,900 and 800 graves, respectively.

An additional 8,100 sq m was also prepared to expand Ro...

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