Monday, December 24, 2012

Flood spreads throughout Jakarta

Floods have been spreading throughout Jakarta since early on Monday.

Floodwater to a depth of 2.5 meters has swamped Kampung Pulo, Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, since 1 a.m., which the local residents believe to be the result of torrential rains in Bogor, West Java.

Bogor is upstream of several rivers in Jakarta, such as the Ciliwung and Angke, meaning that heavy rain in Bogor affects the city.

Amah, a local resident said that they had been aware of the possibility of flooding since Sunday afternoon, however most of the residents remained in the area and preferred to put their belongings by the side of Jl.Jatinegara.

A deluge of up to 80-centimeters inundated streets and houses in Pos Pengumben, Kebon Jeruk. Sri Rejeki who lives in the area said she wasn't aware that flooding would hit her house. "At 2 a.m. the water was already thigh deep," she said.

Hendra, Pos Pengumben district head said that six houses had been flooded. Streets were under 60 centimeters of water forcing motorists to take detours. South Kedoya has also been hit by a 30-centimeter-deep flood, inundating houses near the Pesanggrahan River.

According to Jakarta Police, the water level in various areas in the city is estimated at between 15 centimeters and 50 centimeters. The affected areas include Ciracas, East Jakarta; Bukit Duri, South Jakarta; and KH. Abdullah Syafei in Tebet, South Jakarta.-The Jakarta Post (December 24, 2012 2:59PM)

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