Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in South Jakarta as Pesanggrahan Monitoring Post Raises Alert Level

Heavy rainfall in Jakarta triggers flood alert, authorities deploy mitigation measures to protect residents from potential tidal flooding.

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Salman Akhtar
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Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in South Jakarta as Pesanggrahan Monitoring Post Raises Alert Level

Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in South Jakarta as Pesanggrahan Monitoring Post Raises Alert Level

Heavy rainfall on April 25, 2024 has led to the Pesanggrahan Monitoring Post in South Jakarta, Indonesia raising its status to Alert Level 3 (Caution), resulting in flooding in several areas. The Head of the DKI Jakarta Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Isnawa Adji, has asked the public to be aware of the potential for coastal or tidal flooding in 9 urban villages in North Jakarta over the next 5 days.

The BPBD has implemented several mitigation measures in response to the elevated alert level, including deploying blue troop personnel, mobile and stationary pumps, coordinating with relevant agencies, and ensuring the readiness of emergency services and supporting facilities. The potential for tidal flooding is being attributed to a full moon phenomenon that can increase the maximum sea level.

Heavy rain on April 24th had already caused flooding in two urban villages within the Kebayoran Lama Sub-district of South Jakarta. Floodwaters reached around 40 centimeters in Pondok Pinang Urban Village and 50 centimeters in Cipulir Urban Village. The flooding was a result of high rainfall causing the Pesanggrahan River to overflow its banks. PPSU personnel were dispatched to clear garbage blockages in drainage channels. By the morning of April 25th, the floodwaters had fully receded and residents' activities returned to normal.

Why this matters: The flooding in South Jakarta highlights the ongoing challenges posed by heavy rainfall and the need for effective flood mitigation measures in the city. The raised alert level and potential for further tidal flooding underscore the importance of disaster preparedness and coordination among government agencies to protect residents and minimize disruptions.

Isnawa Adji emphasized the BPBD's proactive approach, stating, "We have taken necessary steps to mitigate the impact of potential flooding, including deploying personnel and equipment, and ensuring the readiness of emergency services. We urge the public to stay informed and take precautions, especially those residing in areas prone to tidal flooding." As heavy rainfall continues, authorities remain vigilant in monitoring the situation and implementing measures to safeguard the affected communities in South Jakarta.

Key Takeaways

  • Heavy rainfall in South Jakarta led to Alert Level 3 and potential tidal flooding.
  • BPBD deployed personnel, pumps, and coordinated with agencies to mitigate flooding.
  • Flooding occurred in two urban villages due to Pesanggrahan River overflowing.
  • Floodwaters receded by April 25, and residents' activities returned to normal.
  • Authorities remain vigilant in monitoring and implementing flood mitigation measures.