We’ve Only Just Begun: Jakarta’s Deadly Flood

Waterworld
By N Mark Castro

A map of Friday’s flooded areas in Jakarta. (Image Courtesy BPBD)

NEARLY 100,000 affected, displacing 18,000 people, rendering 8,000 residents ill, and with at least 15 people dead in Jakarta’s worst flooding since 2007, weather officials say that the worst was not over, with more heavy rain expected in the next few days.

The capital was deluged with more than 100 mm of rain and paralyzed the city as government agencies tried to contain the disaster. Heroic efforts were no match to the city’s poor and dated drainage system.

According to the World Bank, Jakarta sits in a low-lying area with 13 rivers and more than 1,400 km of man-made waterways, making it prone to flooding. And last Friday, about 40 percent of the city’s land area is below sea level.

The Indonesian Retailers’ Association has estimated losses of 460 billion rupiah ($47.5 million) due to the flooding, said state-run news agency Antara.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as “Jokowi,” declared Jakarta in a state of emergency which will remain in place until Jan. 27. Aside from personally visiting and helping out carry relief goods in affected areas, the governor also enjoined other public servants in his administration to attend to their duties. He has also welcomed assistance from the corporate sector to help mitigate the disaster.

In Taman Rasuna, however, power outage has forced majority of the residents to relocate to other areas, including staying in at hotels.

There have been frequent blackouts, which at times cut off power to pumps that are being used to drain floodwaters and also to communications towers that emit signals for mobile phones.

Those that remained had to make do with the limited power supplied by the generator for all 18 towers, resulting into this —

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A BURNING QUESTION:

Who owns the Rasuna Properties again and where is he?

You know, the guy who wants to run the entire country …

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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