Jakarta governor orders officials to conduct flood alert operations

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has instructed the entire ranks of Jakarta Regional Government to carry out the Jakarta alert operation message: Readiness and Response in the face of flood threat.

Through the instruction, the governor stated that at 4 p.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) the Depok sluice gate showed the water level at 400 centimeters (above the 300 cm height which is the alert one status). The flood water is on its way to Jakarta.

Jakarta mayors should coordinate the entire work forces, deploy officers to the field in their respective territories. All command posts should be in the ready position and can accommodate all potential disaster affected victims.

?Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) should coordinate, prevent and anticipate flood. Make sure the information is delivered to all relevant sections, as well as to the public in need. Primarily all residents in the Ciliwung River Basin (DAS) areas.

The Water Resources Service (SDA)s blue forces should be on alert at flood-prone points and make sure there is no blockage in the water streams. Make sure the pumps are running well.

????Social Services should anticipate residents affected by floods. Needs for food and clothing need be prepared when residents have to evacuate. Prepare quick response if there is evacuation.

??? Environmental Services should anticipate garbage accumulation at the water gate. Clean-up should be made quickly and thoroughly. Prepare mobile toilet needs for refugee locations.

??Fire Department should be ready to respond to evacuation of refugees if needed. Help mobile pumps when needed.

????Transportation Department should anticipate and help arrange traffic if there is traffic jam due to inundation at various points. Place additional officers in the field, mainly in areas prone to puddles.

????? Bina Marga Service should make sure that all underpass pumps works well. All officers are in a position to act.

?????The Public Order Police Unit (Satpol PP) must be ready to help every pump house. Help the needy people in flood-prone locations.

????Health Offices ensure that alert medical personnel are moving and assisting in flood-prone areas and potential displacement.

???Village heads should make sure the orange troops would be in a position ready to help the flood victims. Troops must be fielded to the affected area after making sure your own area is safe.

????This instruction should be implemented quickly and all strength should be employed to secure citizens and the capital city.

In the meantime, the water level at the Katulampa Dam in Bogor touched 240 centimeters (cm) at 9:05 a.m. local time, as the Ciliwung River swelled significantly following incessant rains in the rivers upstream areas since Sunday.

The Katulampa Dam was at Alert Level 1, or the highest level, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, noted in a statement here, Monday.

The water level at the dam reached 220 cm at 8:30 a.m. local time and rose to 230 cm at 9 a.m. local time and 240 cm at 9:05 a.m. local time.

An alert level 1 status was announced after the water level at the dam reached above 200 cm due to the potential to cause flooding in areas near the Ciliwung River banks located in Bogor, Depor, and Jakarta.

Bogors areas located near the rivers banks include Katulampa, Sukasari, Barangsiang, Babakan Pasar, Sempur, Pabaton, Kedung Badak, and Kedung Halang.

A warning has been issued to local people living in those areas to not carry out activities near the river.

In Jakarta, areas located near the banks of Ciliwung River include Srengseng Sawah, Rawajati, Kalibata, Pengadegan, Pejaten Timur, Kebon Baru, Bukit Duri, Balekambang, Cililitan, Bidara Cina, and Kampung Melayu.

Source: ANTARA News

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