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Jakarta Post

Pandemic threatens Jakarta flood-mitigation efforts

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Wed, November 11 2020   /  01:00 am
People ride a kayak around the Pantai Mutiara housing complex in North Jakarta on June 7 after a flood hit the area. The flooding began on Friday after a levee was breached, allowing sea water to inundate the area. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

COVID-19 has pushed worst-hit Jakarta to the edge of a budget cliff this year, with city revenue estimated to drop by over 30 percent, complicating efforts to mitigate flooding as the wet season arrives in full force. But the Jakarta administration promised it would not allow for more funds to be siphoned off from flood control efforts, after city funding was redirected to help the nation deal with the pandemic. Speaking after a plenary meeting to discuss the revised 2020 city budget last week, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said there would be "no change to budget allocation” for flood control. The Jakarta administration has seen this year’s budget cut by nearly 30 percent, from Rp 87.9 trillion (US$6.02 billion) to Rp 63.2 trillion. This has forced massive funding reallocation from the capital’s priority programs and activities to the handling of the CO...