Jakarta Deputy Gov: Mitigating Floods Not an Easy Task



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said it is not easy to tackle floods in the capital city. It requires time to create Jakarta free of floods, he argued.

    “It is true that mitigating floods is not as easy as turning a palm of the hand. It takes time, process, and financing,” said Riza in the City Hall, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

    Last night, high-intensity rainfall showered the capital, inundating Kampung Melayu areas, East Jakarta, with the floodwater as high as 120 centimeters until today’s afternoon.

    As of this morning at 06:00, Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded that the floods occurred in 14 neighboring units (RT). In detail, 3 RT in Kampung Melayu Subdistrict of East Jakarta with a water height of 70-90 centimeters and 11 RT in Jatipadang Subdistrict of South Jakarta with a height of 40 cm.

    Riza said floodwater often inundated the capital’s roads in a number of areas after heavy rains. However, the most important thing is how long it takes for the floods to recede and the impact on residents.

    “We see that yesterday’s floods only lasted for one day. The floodwater quickly recedes,” said the Gerindra Party politician.

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