Industrial area immune to impacts of flooding: HKI

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Association of Industrial Estates (HKI) Chairperson Sanny Iskandar confirmed that industrial estates that are HKI members were safe from the effects of floods that struck Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek).

"No HKI members have until now reported any impact from flooding on the developed industrial estate," Iskandar remarked when contacted in Jakarta on Friday.

According to the HKI Chairperson, the industrial estate that was well-developed and managed in accordance with the guidelines and technical standards of the area had taken precautionary measures against various events, including flooding, since the start of its construction.

"Yes, this is since the drainage system has been calculated for annual flooding, and the management also has been running well, starting from the development stage," he stated.

Hence, manufacturing activities in the industrial area are relatively unhindered during the floods that hit Jabodetabek.

However, he noted that the employees encountered difficulties to go to the industrial areas.

"The problem is the access from the employee's house to the location of the area. However, we hope that on Monday, matters would return to normal," he remarked.

A total of 31,232 residents of Jakarta were earlier compelled to flee their flooded homes as of Wednesday night, according to the flood command post.

Some 310 of the flood victims were found in Bendungan Hilir, Petamburan, and Karet Tengsin, Central Jakarta. They were provided shelter at two evacuee camps.

In North Jakarta, floods affected 1,515 people in Rorotan, Semper Barat, Semper Timur, Sukapura, Kelapa Gading Timur, and Pegangsaan Dua. They had sought refuge in 23 evacuee camps.

The number of flood evacuees in West Jakarta had reached 10,686 sheltered in 97 evacuee camps. They came from Jelambar, Tomang, Wijaya Kusuma, Srengseng, Semanan, Kalideres, Tegal Alur, Pegadungan, Kota Bambu Selatan, Kedoya Utara, and Sukabumi Selatan.

A total of 13,516 flood evacuees in East Jakarta were sheltered at 99 locations. Kebon Manggis, Kampung Melayu, Bidara Cina, Cipinang Besar Selatan, Klender, Pondok Bambu, Pondok Kelapa, Cawang, Balekembang, Dukuh, and Cipinang Melayu were swamped by the flooding.

In South Jakarta, 5,305 people fled their flooded homes and were accommodated at 48 different locations. The flooding in South Jakarta affected Gunung, Petongan, Pengadengan, Cilandak Timur, Pejaten Timur, and Manggarai Selatan.

In general, the flood evacuees were in dire need of food, clean water, blankets, and tarpaulin.

Governor Anies Bawesdan stated that the Jakarta administration had made concerted efforts to handle flood victims and ensure the safety of people living in flood-affected areas.

"I call on the people living in river basin areas to remain on standby and coordinate with the ranks and files of the Jakarta administration that are ready to help them," he added.

Source: Antara News

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