Residents try to cross a street in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, on Feb. 9, 2015. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Jakarta Floods Force PLN to Shut Down Over 400 Electrical Relays


FEBRUARY 09, 2015

Jakarta. State utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has shut down more than 400 electrical relays in the Greater Jakarta area on Monday due to floods that inundated parts of the capital.

PLN spokesman Mambang Hertadi said that as of 3:35 p.m the company had shut down 428 electrical relays in flood-hit areas to prevent people from being electrocuted.

"The area affected by the floods is getting bigger so we have to cut off the electricity supply to more consumers' houses," Mambang said.

Mambang added that people whose house was inundated should immediately turn off their electricity and unplug all electronic devices.

He urged people to follow this advice and stay alert to prevent accidents.

Last month, two people died of electrocution when their house in West Pademangan, North Jakarta, was inundated by water and they forgot to unplug their refrigerator.

Jakartans woke up to a partially flooded city on Monday after a night of heavy rains. Many roads were impassable, leading to massive traffic problems in all part of the city.