Jakarta Readies to Anticipate Extreme Weather: Deputy Governor

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the city administration has anticipated potential extreme weather that may cause floods up to landslides in the capital from January to February as warned by the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

    “We have acknowledged the flood mitigation. We have implemented various flood handling programs,” said Riza after inspecting the implementation of health protocols at Ciputra Mall, South Jakarta, Wednesday, Jan. 13.

    Several programs carried out by the government to prevent flooding include building vertical drainage systems, normalizing lakes and rivers, and preparing water pumps.

    Riza said that flooding in Jakarta could be caused by heavy rain, high sea tides, or heavy downpour from upland areas such as Depok and Bogor flowing to the city areas. “So we have to deal with it comprehensively along with other regions and the central government.”

    BMKG predicted that the peak of the rainy season would occur in January and February 2021. "Most parts of Indonesia or 94 percent of the 342 seasonal zones have now entered the rainy season," said the agency head Dwikorita Karnawati in a written statement.

    Read: Jakarta Installs Flood Detectors in Cooperation with West Java 

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