Torrential Rain Paralyzes Jakarta
Jakartans woke up on Thursday to a city paralyzed by flooding brought about by torrential rains overnight. Several key roads were not passable to vehicles and public transportation was similarly affected, leaving thousands stranded.
Beritasatu.com reported that floodwaters of up to one meter deep inundated key roads, including Rasuna Said, Daan Mogot, Puri Kembangan, Tubagus Anhke, Kyai Tapa, Dukuh Atas, MH Thamrin, Jatinegara, Joglo, Merupa, Duri Kepa and Latumenten.
Along Rasuna Said in Kuningan, floodwaters around the Four Seasons hotel area caused massive traffic gridlock, Elshinta radio reported. Traffic along Jalan MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta is also paralyzed as floodwaters reach around one meter.
Cars headed to Tugu Tani, Central Jakarta, have also reportedly been stuck in traffic for more than two hours.
According to the official Twitter account of the Transjakarta busway, all bus corridors have stopped operating since 9:16 a.m. due to floods and inaccessible roads.
At the same time, trains from Bogor and Bekasi are only able to travel to Manggarai station and are unable to continue to Kota station and Sudirman station. Elshinta radio reported that floodwaters inundated both stations.
Due to the situation, TMC announced that three-in-one regulation is not in effect today.
Jakarta officials raised the flood alert to the highest level on Wednesday amid some of the most severe flooding the city has seen in recent years, with predictions that the situation could get worse over the coming days and weeks.