Residents take shelter from the flood at a security post in Gang Santai in Karet Sawah, Setiabudi, South Jakarta, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

How Flood Looks in One of Jakarta's Tiny Alleys


FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Heavy rains in the Greater Jakarta area on Tuesday morning once again put parts of the capital under water. One of them was Karet Sawah, a kampung located right in the midst of massive development along Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio in Setiabudi, South Jakarta. Floodwater in Gang Santai, one of many tiny alleys in the area, was waist-deep at many spots and lingered for a whole day.

Susanto, 65, a resident of Karet Sawah who has lived here for three generations, said Tuesday's was the fifth "big flood" the area had seen since 1955. "This doesn't happen very often, only five times in my lifetime," Susanto said as he lifted his dog, Browny, to a table to save it from still-rising water.

Some residents of Gang Santai chose to remain inside their flooded houses while others sought shelter at a security post or a convenience stall.

"Hopefully the power outage won't last too long this time," Susanto said. During the city's frequent floods, State Power Company (PLN) would cut off electricity to prevent electrocution.

The flood on Tuesday affected all of Jakarta's five administrative cities (North, South, Central, West and East Jakarta) and also nearby Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten.

A woman walks through flood water in Karet Sawah 2, Setiabudi, South Jakarta on Tuesday (25/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman braves the floodwater in Karet Sawah. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents stay in their house during flood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
One of the area's many convenience stalls surrounded by still-rising floodwater. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A couple walks through the flood in Karet Sawah II, Setiabudi, South Jakarta, Tuesday (25/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An elderly couple evacuates from the flood in Karet Sawah. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman throw a bag of rubbish on the flood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman throws a bag of rubbish out of her flooded house. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Shoes hanging on the fence of a yard during the flood in Karet Sawah 2, South Jakarta on Tuesday (25/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A shoe carried by the floodwater is stuck on a metal fence. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children playing water near a resident walking through a flood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children make a boat out of banana trunks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Susanto, 65, brings his dog, Browny to a safe place during flood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Susanto, 65, sets up a dry table for his dog, Browny. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Susanto, 65, lifts his dog Browny and put him on a table during flood. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Susanto lifting Browny to the table. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Susanto, 65, stands in flood water while his dog gives him a piggyback during flood in Karet Sawah 2, Setiabudi, South Jakarta on Tuesday (25/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Browny rides piggyback on Susanto's shoulder as they are about to leave their temporary shelter. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)