4 Dead in Jakarta Floods

Floods in Jakarta have claimed 4 lives. The floods first struck numerous locations across Jakarta on Wednesday 8 January 2014 and worsened over the next few days. There were some reports that flood water in some roads was as deep as 2 metres and that flood water reached the Cilandak water treatment plant, disrupting clean water supplies.

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High Flood Water in the streets of Jakarta. Photo: twitter.com/TIMkeeds

Today the Regional Disaster Management Board (BPBD) reported the loss of four lives as a result of the flooding, including a nine year old girl who was swept away by floodwater in the Duri Kosambi district of the city.

There are now 2,761 displaced people living in temporary shelters set up across the city. This figure is down from the 5,547 who were still in temporary accommodation on Monday 13 January 2014.

 

BPBD reported that the flood waters have begun to recede in some areas of the city. Although over 8,000 people have been affected by the recent floods, the Jakarta authorities are optimistic flooding won’t be as bad as this time last year, where 15,423 people had to leave their homes. Last years floods were also spread over a wider area, affecting 73 subdistricts, compared to the 42 subdistricts so far this time around.

Areas affected by floods in Jakarta 2013 and 2014
Areas affected by floods in Jakarta 2013 and 2014

Could the optimism have something to do with the new “ weather modification technology”? According to The Jakarta Post:

The BNPB earmarked Rp 20 billion (US$1.6 million) for the program to disperse clouds and reduce rain intensity.

BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base on Tuesday:

“We prepared the weather modification technology [TMC] in December, but we had to wait [to use it] until the city administration announced a flood alert,”

Better drainage via the West Flood Canal (KBB), which flows into the Pluit Reservoir, might also be helping, at least in preventing the Ciliwung River from overflowing.

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Buses in the Jakarta Floods. Photo: twitter.com/NurAiniSuchie