Lenny Tristia Tambun
Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said on Wednesday that his team is well prepared to face the floods characteristic of the upcoming rainy season by getting ready water pumps to reduce the flood and putting together refugee centers.
“Through recent developments in anticipating floods, we are better equipped compared to previous years,” Fauzi said during a briefing. “We want to wipeout the notion that floods are annual ritual in Jakarta. Therefore, I am grateful that preparation this year has been successful.”
Fauzi said that the government has built an Eastern Flood Canal that relieves 2.7 million people who live in the 15,400 hectare region of East and North Jakarta from being flooded. He also claimed to have successfully reduced the number of flood puddles from 110 to only 13.
He added the government also has 328 stationed flood controller pumps that are capable of pumping 377 meter cubic per second, 76 mobile pumps and 46 underpass pumps. He also prepared sand bags to hold river water, dump trucks, pick-up trucks and even an excavator.
Fauzi told his staff that they must always be ready during the flood season.
“Early warning systems for water levels in Depok and Katulampa Dam in Bogor, should be monitored,” he said. “If it is high above the normal level, the public should be informed via speaker, bamboo drum or other means of communication. Please coordinate with the upstream officer to detect floods as early as possible. Please pay attention to people who live in flood-prone regions.”
Fauzi also told his staff to coordinate with social agencies to prepare aid for refugees in case of floods, including food, drinks, medicine and evacuation. He also advised that they brace themselves for the possibility of diseases spreading.
“I should remind you that our struggle against flooding is to improve the image of the city as well as the image of the Jakarta government,” he said.