Jakartans Report Minor Floods, Praise Governor Ahok

Government workers cleans debris floating on a river ahead of the rainy season in north Jakarta in this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo. Jakartans have praised Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for his efforts in easing annual flooding in the capital. (Reuters Photo/Garry Lotulung)

By : Nivell Rayda | on 12:56 PM February 28, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured

Jakarta. Several areas in the capital were hit with minor floods on Sunday (28/02) despite heavy rains in the Greater Jakarta Area, which would normally have caused severe overflow in large swaths of the city, police reported.

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has been clearing illegal dwellings along the Ciliwung River, the city's main waterway as well as those encroaching the city's spillways.

On Sunday, Jakartans took to Twitter to thank Basuki, known popularly as Ahok, and his so-called "Orange Team," the city's sanitation workers in orange attire, who have been hard at work cleaning clogged up gutters and pumping out water overflowing onto the city's streets.


On its official Twitter account, the Jakarta Police's Traffic Management Center reported no flooding in the usually flood-prone areas along the Ciliwung like Cipinang and Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta and Manggarai along the borders of South and Central Jakarta.

Inundation of between five to ten centimeters on the flood prone Jalan Bangka, South Jakarta was reported, the TMC said, thanks to overflow of the Krukut River which also affects some parts of nearby Kemang Timur, inundated under 60 to 60 centimeter of water.

Flooding was also observed on Jalan Gunung Sahari in North Jakarta in front of the Navy's military base. And in some areas of West Jakarta, submerged under 30 to 40 centimeter of water due to overflow of Pesanggrahan River.

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