ACT Emergency Response Team Cleans Angke River to Prevent Flood

Angke River is a river that often overflows during heavy rains and submerges surrounding houses.

ACT Emergency Response Team
ACT Emergency Response Team tries to prevent flooding by cleaning the Angke River on Thursday (11/18/2021). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG -- Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Emergency Response Team and the South Tangerang City Government cleaned the Angke River on Thursday (11/18/2021). This action is joint mitigation to overcome flooding.

Rizky Rahadi from ACT Banten Regional team said the emergency team had been preparing since 07.00 a.m. The team wore safey equipment such as life vests and safety helmets.

“We followed the river stream and picked up any trash we found, especially plastic waste. One by one, we transported the garbage into the rubber boat. For large-sized waste, such as tree branches, we temporarily placed it on the banks of the river," he said when contacted on Friday (11/19/2021).

Rizky continued, frequently in the cleaning process, the team struggled to dive to pick up piles of garbage at the bottom of the river. When found, the amount of trash at the bottom of the river was large.

The clean-up action of the Angke River took approximately nine hours. This action was one of the steps to prevent flooding due to overflowing river water. Rizky hopes that this action is not just seasonal. He also urges the public not to throw garbage into the river as a long-term effort to prevent flooding.[]