July 24, 2021

Floods cause traffic problems and at an airport in Jakarta

The streets of Jakarta dawned on Wednesday flooded due to heavy rains, which has caused power cuts and streets, train delays and cancellations at one of the airports in the capital.

Halim Perdanakusuma airfield reported on its Twitter account that all flights have been diverted to Soekarno-Hatta, the other international airport in Jakarta.

Police are helping to evacuate some areas of the capital, where the water rises up to 90 centimeters, enough to cover vehicles.

“All officials of the Jakarta provincial government are on alert and working in the field. All offices and schools are ready to be used as reception centers,” said the governor of the capital, Anies Baswedan, on Twitter.

Also, the electricity has been cut in various districts to avoid accidents.

Floods, road congestion and overcrowding in Jakarta, located on the island of Java (west), have led the Indonesian Government to decide to relocate the capital on the island of Boreno, in the center of the archipelago.

Last August, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said that the construction of the capital will begin this year in an area between the municipalities of Kutai Kartanegara and Penajam Paser Utara, in eastern Borneo.

About 30 million people live in the metropolitan area that forms Jakarta and its satellite cities, one of the most polluted capitals in the world and whose traffic jams have caused the State to lose billions of euros.

In addition, the floods pose a danger due to the sinking of the soil, caused mainly by the extraction of groundwater and which especially affects the north of the capital, where the average subsidence is between 15 and 20 centimeters per year.


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