State Losses May Reach Trillions of Rupiah in One Flood

Jakarta's Flood (Irfan Meidianto/VOI)

Flooding is one of the problems that never has a good solution in Indonesia. Losses received by the state even reach trillions of rupiah in one big flood.

Principal Engineer of the Directorate General of Water Resources Arie Setiadi Moerwanto gave an example of one of the industrial areas in Bekasi that was hit by a flood, which would suffer a loss of up to IDR 5.13 trillion.

Losses occur because when the flood recedes, a factory cannot immediately carry out production activities, but needs to wait up to five days able to resume production.

Therefore, the flood control program to avoid these losses. He said around Rp 2 trillion was needed to run this program

Therefore, collaboration and financing from the private sector are needed for flood control investment. So that an area, especially industry, can be free from flooding and can bring in revenue for the government.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Public Works and Housing Infrastructure Financing Herry Trisaputra said that if investors participate in this program, there will be various benefits to be gained, apart from preventing losses. Later investors are asked to build flood control infrastructure and the government will pay for it in installments from the state budget.

“If we do it all at once, Rp. 2 trillion, it must be available all at once in a moment. But with installments we can do it based on service,” explained Herry.

Meanwhile, floods are attacking various regions in Indonesia. One of them is Jember. Tens of hectares of agricultural land in Jember Regency, East Java, were flooded with a height of 50 centimeters. Farmers certainly failed to harvest because the plants were damaged and died.

Tens of hectares of agricultural land in Ngampelrejo Village, Jombang District, Jember Regency were damaged due to flooding. The floods originated from the overflow of the Pladingan River, a tributary of the Bondoyudo river, which originates from the slopes of Mount Argopuro.

Various crops, such as rice, corn, oranges, chilies, and yam fruit were damaged by the floods. Even though most of the plants enter the harvest period. The floods occurred after the upstream and downstream areas of the river were rained so that they overflowed and entered agricultural land.

As a result of the village government’s data collection, 80 hectares of agricultural land were damaged by the floods, and farmers were confirmed to have failed to harvest. Floods can expand, given the high rainfall forecast until the end of the year.