West Java Government to Normalize Rivers, Prevent Flood



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Regional Secretary of West Java Province Setiawan Wangsaatmaja, said that the West Java Regional Government has committed to normalize rivers and improving drainage systems to support flood prevention efforts in the Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi-Puncak-Cianjur (Jabodetabekpunjur) area. The West Java Province Regional Government prepares flood prevention programs in the Bekasi region together with the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing and also the city government.

    "The program is to increase river capacity through river normalization such as the Bekasi River, Blencong River, Busa River, Srengseng River, Menir River, Sadang River, and Cikarang River," Setiawan said at Gedung Sate in Bandung City on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

    The government will also carry out efforts to prevent flooding through the construction of infiltration wells, water catchment systems in primary waterways and rainwater reservoirs, constructing coastal and river safety embankments, applying the polder systems, as well as improving the capacity of urban drainage systems.

    "The program will be outlined in the form of a Joint Commitment and Joint Agreement between the central, provincial, and the governments throughout Jabodetabekpunjur area, which is facilitated by the Director-General of the Regional Ministry of Home Affairs," Setiawan said.

    Setiawan added that services have been provided for residents of Bekasi Regency and Bekasi City who are affected by the flood. "Regional apparatuses that handle flood are mobilized to handle and provide emergency services to affected communities," Setiawan said.