Flood parlyzes Surabaya-Jakarta`s northern railway
December 28, 2007, 6:44 am
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Bojonegoro, E Java (ANTARA News) – The northern lane of the railway connecting Surabaya – Jakarta was paralyzed after the railway in the Cengungklung village, in Kalitidu sub district and Tobo village, in Purwosari sub district, Bojonegoro district was inundated by 15 – 20 cm of water from the Bengawan Solo`s overflow.

“The train could not pass by the railway in the two areas since Thursday,” an attendant at the Bojonegoro train station, Iskak said on Friday.

The cargo train heading from Surabaya to Jakarta was forced to stop at the Bojonegoro train station at 8 pm on Thursday, he said, adding that the Sembrani Express train heading to Jakarta was trapped by flood in Tobo station and was then drawn to the Cepu station, and the route was then shifted to Madiun, Surabaya, Solo and to Jakarta.

“Starting from last night, there was no more train from Surabaya to Jakarta passing by this north lane. All (trains heading to Jakarta) have shifted to the southern lane, with the route of Surabaya- Madiun – Solo and Jakarta,” he added.

Meanwhile the cargo train was still in the Bojonegoro station, he said.

Iskak added there was no decision yet whether the railway could be used.

“We will see the development of the flood,” he said,

The ground transportation from Bojonegoro to Cepu in Central Java is also threatened to be paralyzed due to the water inundated the roads.

The Bengawan Solo river`s overflow has inundated some districts both in East and Central Java.(*)


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