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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to open access to flood mitigation data following commission's ruling

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

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 20, 2021   /  01:01 pm
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A street vendor walks across an inundated road in Kampung Pulo, Jakarta on Feb. 20. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

The Jakarta administration is required to provide public access to all available data on flooding across the capital, the Jakarta Public Information Commission (KIP Jakarta) declared in a recent ruling. The commission ruled in favor of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), which had filed a public information request pertaining to flooding to the city administration.   “The panel of commissioners orders [the Jakarta administration] to hand over all of the information requested by the plaintiff [LBH Jakarta],” KIP board of commissioners head Nelvia Gustina said on March 5 as reported by Antara.  The capital was hit by floods several times throughout 2020 and in early 2021 due to heavy rainfall and extreme weather. In February, more than 1,000 Jakartans were forced to evacuate from their homes after floodwaters reached up to 1.8 meters high in s...