Greater Jakarta Flooded After Heavy Rains

A number of locations in Jakarta Metropolitan Area (Jabodetabek) were flooded on Saturday (20/2/2021) morning after heavy rain that has hit since the previous night.

Local residents in Central Jakarta evacuating
Central Jakarta residents evacuate on Saturday (2/20/2021) this morning. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - A number of locations in Jakarta Metropolitan Area (Jabodetabek) have been flooded following the heavy rains that had fell from Friday (2/19/2021) night until Saturday (2/20/2021) morning. The flood was quite severe that several toll roads were submerged.

Around 26 locations in Jakarta were submerged. In South Jakarta, for instance, 840 residents were forced to evacuate. According to the Acting Mayor of South Jakarta Isnawa Adji, a total of 22 districts consisting of 47 RW (Community Associations) and 143 RT (Neighborhood Associations) were flooded.

In South Kemang, Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, North Jakarta, the height of the flood varied between 100 to 230 centimeters. The locals considered this flood even more severe compared to the flood in early 2020. The flood was caused by the overflowing Krukur River after the heavy rain.

ACT Team evacuates flood victims in Bekasi. (ACTNews)

The flood also flooded several toll roads in Jabodetabek. "Jakarta has been showered with heavy rain since earlier this morning. PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk is currently following up on several inundated points on the toll roads managed by PT Jasa Marga," said Corporate Communication & Community Development Group Head of PT Jasa Marga, Dwimawan Heru in his statement, Saturday (2/20/2021).

Dwimawan said that he is currently handling the inundated toll roads. He also asked the toll road users to pay attention to the inundated roads.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has been on alert to face potential flooding since Friday (2/19/2021). Until now, ACT’s rescue teams have been deployed throughout Jabodetabek. "Some of the teams are currently on standby in the areas of Central Jakarta, South Jakarta, East Jakarta and Bekasi. They are equipped with rescue equipment such as rubber boats and supporting vehicles. Our focus right now is to evacuate the affected residents," said Kusmayadi as the Commander of ACT's Emergency Response Team.

ACT’s branch offices also provide support to the rescue teams on duty. "We are trying to maximize our efforts to mitigate the impact of flooding on the community. And we also hope that the disaster can pass soon so that the victims can recover," hoped Kusmayadi. []