Anies Baswedan Blames Local Rain for Jakarta Flood

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said that today's flooding in Jakarta, February 25, was entirely caused by local rain. Heavy rain showered the capital since Monday night, causing a number of rivers to overflow and inundate the roads.

    "At dawn just before 06:00 at Manggarai Watergate, the water level was alert one. By 09:00 we lowered the status to alert two," the governor said when inspecting situations at Ciliwung River's Manggarai Watergate this morning.  

    Anies said today's flood was fully caused by the heavy, continuous rains, judging from the lack of garbage at Manggarai Watergate. He also said that this was not a flash food. 

    "There is no garbage in the waters here [Manggarai Watergate], which means it is local water," he said. "The flow is very heavy [causing waters to rise] to alert level one, [so it is] not flash flooding."  

    Anies Baswedan said he has instructed all of his staff members to help mitigate today's situation. "We are concentrating on disaster relief efforts." 

    Imam Hamdi | Galuh Kurnia Ramadhani (Intern Translator)