1,539 Jakarta flood victims still take refuge

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Some 1,539, of the 2,258 Jakarta residents who fled their houses due to the overflowing of the Ciliwung River, had not returned home as of Saturday (April 27).

The number of flood evacuees has declined as floodwaters in several affected areas have subsided, Chief of the Data and Information Center at the Jakarta Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) M Ridwan said here on Saturday.

Ridwan said the number of flood-hit areas declined to 17, from the earlier 43.

“The flood victims are being sheltered in 13 evacuation camps comprising three in South Jakarta and 10 in East Jakarta,” he said.

According to data from the BPBD, five areas in South Jakarta, 11 areas in East Jakarta and one area in West Jakarta were still flooded, as of 12.00 WIB (West Indonesia Standard Time) on Saturday.

Several areas in Jakarta were inundated after torrential rains lashed the upper reaches of the Ciliwung River in Bogor district, West Java.

Among the flood-hit areas are Lenteng Agung, Srengseng Sawah, Engadegan, Rawajati, Pejaten Timur, Cawang, Balekambang, Kampung Melayu, and Bidara Cina.

It is believed that the absence of a dam near the upstream areas results in rainwater from Bogor flowing into Jakarta and submerging the capital city.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has revealed that two dams are under construction in upstream areas in Jakarta to contain floodwaters.

“In the upstream areas, two dams are presently being built. Inshaa Allah, the work on the dams will be completed this year, so the rainwater flowing from Ciawi, Bogor, can be held back,” Baswedan noted here, Friday.

Source: ANTARA News