Parts of Jakarta flooded, 1,000-plus people forced to abandon homes
January 3, 2008, 1:12 am
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Increasing rainfall has caused flooding in several parts of Jakarta since Tuesday night (January 1) with more than 1,000 people in two areas already forced to abandon their inudated homes.

At noon on Wednesday (Jan 2) at least six parts of the Indonesian capital were reported to have been deluged with the flood waters ranging in depth between 100 cm and 200 cm, the manager of the Jakarta city administration`s crisis center, Heru Joko Santoso, said here Wednesday.

In the Cawang area the flood waters reached a height of 100 cm to 150 cm, in the Cililitan area 100 cm to 150 cm, in the Kampung Melayu area 100 cm to 200 cm, in the Pejaten Timur area up to 120 cm and in the Petamburan area up to 15 cm, he said.

Until now, only people in the Kampung Melayu and Bukit Duri areas had been forced to leave their homes and evacuate to safer places.

“In the Kampung Melayu area, about 100 people have evacuated to the Santa Maria Elementary School, 176 people to the Hermina Hospital and 190 people to the Jatinegara village administration office,” Heru said.

In the Bukit Duri area, 931 residents had taken shelter at the village administration office.

In anticipation of a worsening in the flood situation, the Jakarta city administration`s public protection, peace and order services were ready to mobilize 7,000 disaster mitigation workers, he said.

Apart from emergency personnel, the city administration had also readied 200 rubber dinghies to rescue marooned flood victims.

Meanwhile, the water at a number of sluices in Jakarta at 13.00 local time on Wednesday had generally reached an “alert” level.

At the Katulampa sluice, the water level was 90 cm or 10 cm above its normal height, at the Angke Hulu sluice 185 cm or 85 cm above normal, at the Manggarai sluice 825 cm or 75 cm above normal and at the Karet sluice 550 cm or 100 cm above normal.(*)


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