Monday, October 25, 2010

Fears of Worsening Floods as Rain Cripples Jakarta

Editors Note:

I think I've discovered what hell must be like it's very similar to driving from the Jakarta international Airport to my hotel last night for four hours with gridlock traffic the whole way on the freeway as a result of the worst floods in history.

Thank God I was in a Silver Bird Mercedes which had live television feed in the back otherwise I would've went as nuts as my driver who at one point I thought it was a walk out of the door and never come back.

Jakarta government. You must do something about this ongoing problem or Jakarta will be another Angkor and deserted by its citizens in the future.

Ulma Haryanto | October 26, 2010
Motorists stranded on a flooded Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Inundated streets citywide caused huge delays as a rainstorm hit at the commute hour. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya) Motorists stranded on a flooded Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Inundated streets citywide caused huge delays as a rainstorm hit at the commute hour. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

6:55am Oct 26, 2010

Why dwell upon such piffling infrastructure issues when we can all celebrate the imprisonment of popstars & magazine editors?

6:19am Oct 26, 2010


And Greenpeace is banned from entering Indonesian waters to protect the activities of companies like Sinar Mas.

Ron Luke
3:59am Oct 26, 2010

Jakartans, are you happy to live like this? Start fixing the PROBLEMS now.

1. fire the governor and choose the better one

2. throw garbage into trash

3. urge regional government to build qualified water system and qualified-MRT for the residents soon

4. use public transportation and behave as smart people

3:37am Oct 26, 2010

Stop the MPR / DPR disappearing on overseas trips and spend some money on the drainage system!!

Jakarta. In what is becoming an increasingly nightmarish routine, Jakarta was once again crippled as a torrential rainstorm pounded the city on Monday afternoon.

Jakarta’s traffic management center and crisis center Web sites reported that up to 50 centimeters of water had inundated several parts of main traffic arteries, including Jalan Sudirman, Gatot Subroto and Kemang Raya in South Jakarta, and Jalan Wahid Hasyim and MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta.

The deepest flood reported as of press time was in front of the Pondok Pinang complex of Dutch telecom KPN, which was under two meters of water.

The Mintoharjo Navy Hospital in Bendungan Hilir was under a meter of water, while parts of Kapuk Muara subdistrict in North Jakarta reported water reaching up to 80 centimeters.

The traffic management center’s Web site reported the three-in-one rule had been lifted due to the heavy traffic.

Inundated roads in Warung Buncit also paralyzed the TransJakarta busway route between Ragunan and Mampang. Traffic on Jalan Rasuna Said was at a standstill, with commuters reporting that cars did not move for more than two hours.

Many people opted to walk, sloshing through the water next to the gridlock of traffic and paralyzed busway routes.

“I usually take public transportation such as buses or the busway, but none of them are available right now,” said one commuter, Dinto Pramudyo.

It took Deni Ferdian four hours to get home to Depok from his office in Mampang, normally a 45-minute trip.

“My parents, who both work in Slipi, left for their home in Kelapa Gading at 5 p.m. and they’re not there yet,” Angela Beata Yachya said at 10 p.m.

The Jakarta crisis management center reported that the surge against the floodgates in Karet, South Jakarta, had reached the critical level of 630 centimeters at the peak of the storm, with other flood channels at or near capacity citywide.

Trains from Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta to Serpong were delayed for four hours after water from the West Flood Canal inundated several sections of track as well as stations in Palmerah, Kebayoran and Pondok Ranji.

“Water started to flood in at 4:10 p.m. We have notified all the passengers at our stations and suggested they try to take alternative means of transport,” said Mateta Rizalulhaq, the Jakarta region spokesman for state-owned rail operator Kereta Api.

However, many opted to wait, discouraged by the traffic outside, he said.

Ade Pudjiati, who operates a learning center at her home in Pancoran, South Jakarta, said her house was flooded, ankle deep, for the first time in 46 years.

Ery Basworo, who heads the Jakarta Public Works Office, said work was still ongoing at several main drainage systems. “But since it’s the rainy season I think it’s going to be delayed,” he said.

Yayat Supriatna, an urban planning expert from Trisakti University, said Monday’s floods were worse than the normal annual floods.

“The annual floods happen at regular places, so people can take precautions, but this one happened at main roads and took everyone by surprise, effectively paralyzing the city,” he said.

“Officials time and time again blame this on the rain, and act like there is nothing they can do, which is very fatalistic,” he said.

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