More Flooding Forces Thousands of Indonesians to Re-Evacuate

Just when Indonesians thought the worst was over, and had returned to clean their homes of mud and debris from earlier flooding, fresh floods from weekend downpours have again forced thousands of people into refugee centres.

According to Edy Junaedi, Head of Informatics Section for Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), all parts of Jakarta except North Jakarta have reported flooding of between 10cm (4”) and 50cm (20”), with 4 sub-districts in East Jakarta, 5 sub-districts in South Jakarta, 1 sub-district in Central Jakarta and 2 sub-districts in West Jakarta being flooded. Over 2,300 people have been evacuated in these areas, except the sub-district in Central Jakarta, where Junaedi is reported to have said that the water level “is not too high”.

Junaedi added that his agency has coordinated with the regional unit (SKPD) to distribute aid to flood victims, with a number of public kitchens and first aid posts already established.

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Flooded roads in west Jakarta. Photo by twitter.com/TMCPoldaMetro

In parts of Banten, in the western part of the Greater Jakarta metropole, as well as in Tangerang Selatan (South Tangerang), flood waters reportedly reached up to 1.75m (5’9”) deep. A dyke in Bekasi in the eastern part of Greater Jakarta was reported to have collapsed, allowing flood waters to enter the Pondok Gede Permai housing complex and nearby areas.

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Floods in Banten. Photo by twitter.com/rohim_saber

Up to 240 households were evacuated from Tegal Alur Urban Village in West Jakarta to the Elementary School and Community Hall when flood waters reached a depth of 70cm (2’4”).

At the Katulampa water gate in Bogor, the Ciliwung’s level had risen to Alert III status at 110cm (3’8”). Katulampa sluice gate attendant Andi Sudirman said that heavy rains in the Puncak region in the regency of Bogor had caused the Ciliwung to rise from its normal (Alert IV) level of 30-40cm (12”-14).

There was concern that the water level would continue to rise when the flow from the Ciesek River entered the Ciliwung. This would then lead to further flooding downstream in Jakarta.

Flooding was also reported in the upper reaches of Bengawan Solo (the Solo River), which is the largest and longest river in Java, flowing south and east of Greater Jakarta and entering the Java Sea near the town of Sedayu in Gresik regency.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in Jakarta on Sunday that those living in flood-prone areas need to remain vigilant to the danger of flooding, which is expected to remain a threat until the end of March when the rainy season closes.
Sutopo said that rainfall in Java in February is usually less than in January but tends to climb again in March.

Sources: Antara News; Berita Jakarta; Jakarta Post