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Jakarta Post

Poor river restoration blamed for Jakarta’s floods

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 25, 2021   /  04:48 pm
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Vehicles stop at the edge of a flooded road in Jakarta on Feb. 20, 2021, following heavy overnight rains.(Agence France Presse/Arya)

The Jakarta administration is in hot water after major floods once again hit the capital city, with critics blaming its poor river restoration projects amid the ongoing polemic of a new city development plan. At least five people were killed and 1,300 others rushed to shelters as floods submerged neighborhoods in Jakarta over the weekend, with floodwater reaching up to 2.5 meters in some areas. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the flow of water from Bogor and Depok in West Java had prolonged the floodwater receding time, which was initially estimated to take only six hours after the rain stopped. While Depok acting mayor Sri Utomo said Anies’ statement was “fair” considering the topography, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto was not convinced because the water level at the Katulampa sluice gate in Bogor had not experienced a significant increase. Despite the...