Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding in Several Areas of DKI Jakarta

High Rainfall Causes Flooding in Several Areas of DKI Jakarta (pic: Jonathan Ford - unsplash)

Floods continue to be a serious problem that constantly occurs in DKI Jakarta, especially during the rainy season. The latest heavy rainfall has caused 82 residential areas and two roads to be submerged by floods as of Monday (27/2) afternoon.

According to the latest report from the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Jakarta, as of Monday afternoon (27/2), 82 residential areas and two roads have been submerged in floodwaters due to the heavy rainfall.

Floods are scattered throughout East Jakarta, South Jakarta, and West Jakarta, with varying depths ranging from 20 cm to 180 cm. BPBD has deployed 267 personnel to handle the situation in all Jakarta neighborhoods.

BPBD DKI has urged residents to remain vigilant and cautious of the potential for flooding.

Insaf, the Head of the BPBD Data and Information Center for Disaster Management, stated, “BPBD DKI appeals to the public to remain cautious and alert to the potential for flooding.”

As of Monday evening (27/2/2023), BPBD DKI Jakarta has reported that 369 people have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding. As of 11 p.m. local time, 76 neighborhood associations and one road in Jakarta’s capital were still inundated with floodwaters.

The highest number of evacuees came from the Kedaung Kaliangke neighborhood in West Jakarta. 173 people from 82 households were evacuated to two locations.

According to Insaf, today’s flooding in Jakarta is caused by heavy rain, some of which is considered extremely heavy.

“According to BMKG information, extremely heavy rain has been recorded,” she said in a written statement on Monday, February 27, 2023.

Insaf detailed that extremely heavy rainfall occurred around Sunter Hulu (105 mm), the Banten Climatology Station or Staklim (105 mm), and the Arcadia Pump (100 mm).

Furthermore, she said that moderate to heavy rain has been falling in the capital city, with a range of 50-100 mm per day. She noted that the rain has been falling since yesterday and continues today.

As a result, the alert status at several Jakarta floodgates has been raised. For example, the Manggarai, Pasar Ikan, and Karet Floodgates are all at alert level three, or “be alert.”