Jakarta Floods: Electricity, Transportation Still Disrupted


FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Jakarta. Large parts of Greater Jakarta are still without power on Tuesday and the city's TransJakarta busway has been crippled by high water levels.

Heavy rain across the Greater Jakarta area, which started late on Sunday and lasted well into Monday afternoon, caused major disruption in the capital on Monday, but even as the flood waters recede, the city is facing major operational hurdles.

State utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), which was forced to shut down its power grid in several areas of North, West and Central Jakarta, on Monday, said 566 of the 17,000 electrical relays in Greater Jakarta and Tangerang are still not on for safety reasons.

"We wish for public understanding that this measure is necessary to prevent the danger of electrocution," PLN spokesman Mambang Hertadi said on Tuesday.

Mambang said public safety was a priority.

PLN was criticized by Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for shutting its grid in Pluit area on Monday, saying it cut power to the 12 pumps at Pluit Dam and led to flooding in the Central Jakarta.

Monday's flash flooding inundated at least 2,600 homes across the city and led to massive traffic gridlock. But the city's public transport is still facing major issues today.

Five TransJakarta busway corridors —  Pulogadung-Harmoni; Kalideres-Harmoni; Lebak Bulus-Harmoni; Cililitan-Tanjung Priok; and Pluit-Tanjung Priok — have been shut, while at least five others have been disrupted.

The Kampung Melayu-Ancol and Pinangranti-Pluit corridors have also been shortened due to flooding.

TransJakarta director Antonius N.S. Kosasih said the company has suffered serious financial losses as a result of limited bus operations.

Hadi Muljono, the minister of public works and housing, blamed Monday's flooding on the city's poor drainage systems.

"The rain intensity is high while the drainage capacity is low," Hadi said.

Hadi also said the damaged water pumps have contributed to the slow decline of flood waters in the city.