Jakarta, Indonesia experienced heavy flooding from Sunday night to Monday. The streets of the busy metropolis were submerged under water. Blocked drains and not maintained sewerage systems in the area contributed to the heavy flooding in the bustling city.
Heavy rains expected
Residents of Jakarta are forewarned that the heavy pour on Sunday through Monday night is just the start of a series of rainfall in the region. The rain experienced in greater Jakarta brought 12 to 18 inches of rainfall. For the next two days, stronger rains are expected in Jakarta according to the spokesperson of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
Effects of heavy rains
At least 17 places in Jakarta were reported to experience heavy flooding according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD). The places heavily affected were in West and Central Jakarta. Hundreds of families were forced to leave their homes and seek for drier and safer place to spend their nights.
People riding public transportations were trapped in the busy streets of Jakarta. Businesses also took a toll on the effect of the heavy rainfall.
Floodwaters submerged several areas including JI. Medan Merdeka Barat, JI. Medan Merdeka Utara and JI. MH Thamrin in Jakarta’s central area. The waters were 50 centimeters in depth causing heavy traffic in downtown Jakrata.
Railway stations were also closed as the trains’ tracks were covered with water. The governor of Jakarta expressed his concern for the residents in Jakarta and ensured that his constituents were safe and their basic needs were met. He pointed out that the constant rise of sea level in Indonesia’s northern coast contributed greatly to the flooding in the area. The system of pumping in the city has to be fixed and blocked drains have to be cleaned up to prevent flooding.
The governor continued to inform the public that the 44 reservoirs in the city could not accommodate all of the excess waters. However, he was surprised why the state palace was also submerged in water. He said that the pumps and reservoirs in the area were all working perfectly well.
For the first time in history, the country’s renowned National Museum was also flooded. The heavy downpour and flooding alarmed politicians, historians, environmentalists and common people in Indonesia.