Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Jakarta Smart City to Launch Apps on Flood Warning

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  • Vehicles go through the flooded street of HR Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Jakarta, Tuesday, December 17, 2019. ANTARA/Jaya Kusuma

    Vehicles go through the flooded street of HR Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Jakarta, Tuesday, December 17, 2019. ANTARA/Jaya Kusuma

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Smart City (JSC) said that they are creating the new app in response to the flood issue in Jakarta. JSC's head of the acting unit, Yudhishthira, said that Jakarta Provincial Government is cooperating with a technology company that can predict a flood.

    He expected the new app to be finished in three to seven days. "The flood prediction will be mapped in the app dubbed Pantau Banjir," said Yudhishthira when met at his office on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

    He also stated flood prediction is designed to present several types of data such as rainfall, hydrology, river flow as well as ground contour. Currently, Yudhisthira said the government has just mapped the areas prone to flooding. "The data can be checked on Pantau Banjir or Jaki (Jakarta Kini)." 

    The Jakarta Smart City, he went on, has two platforms to provide an early disaster warning to the people. The first is through Jaki and Pantau Banjir apps. 

    According to Yudhisthira, any potential for flooding informed by the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) will be forwarded directly to the Jaki. "We have notifications, either it's for heavy rain and the level of Katulampa floodgate showing Alert II. We obtain this information from BPBD," he said.

    The second is, he continued, JSC informs the potential of flood directly to 10 units of regional agencies such as the municipalities, Department of Transportation, BPBD Jakarta, and Department of Water Resources. All these units will be given early warning information through the app dubbed Cepat Respon Masyarakat (CRM) so that anticipation can immediately be performed. 

    Whereas, Pantau Banjir is the app to find out the flooding point, based on the data management from four regional working units (SKPD) such as BPBD, Department of Communication and Information, Department of Social and Water Resources (SDA). 

    Yudhishthira explained BPBD has the duty to determine the flooding point, then the Social Department will submit the number of victims in each area, and the Department of Natural Resources will take the data on the water level in each sluice. All of the data will then be processed by the Department of Communication and Information along with Jakarta Smart City.

    "If Katulampa level is increased to Alert, we'll blast text messages (SMS) or the public can directly open Pantau Banjir app," he said.  

    Imam Hamdi | Safira Andini