GlobalWarming Awareness2007 – the Flood in Jakarta

Globalwarming awareness2007 news:
From Thursday Feb 1st 2007 to Friday Feb 2nd 2007, heavy rains pouring down on almost all of Jakarta has resulted in flooding in many parts of the capital city. In 70% areas of Jakarta and another cities around it like Bekasi, Tangerang, Depok, and Bogor, the flood depths reached between 50 centimeters and 5 meters. The flood this year is the worst flooding in Jakarta, even worse than the big flood in Jakarta year 2002.

Jakarta – the Capital City of the Republic of Indonesia, has areas 661.62 km2 with developed areas 609.61 km2 or is equal to 91.99% of the whole areas. There are 7,515,286 registered people live here, not include the non-Jakarta people. With this condition Jakarta only has 18,180 hectoare green land. (Hasil penelitian Neraca Keseimbangan Lingkungan Hidup Daerah 2006 for globalwarming awareness2007 news).

The loss caused by this flood is about 1.8 trillion rupiahs per day. 57 people are died, 57,600 people are hurt, and 420,440 people are still in refuge, spread to Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang, and Depok. The Jakarta Provincial Government can only helps 20% of total refugees.

Pict-2: Walk on the flood

However, according to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), the rainy season has not yet reached its peak. “There is a probability of heavy rain up until the end of February,” said a member of BMG’s Public Meteorology Information staff.

Therefore, there could be more flooding in the capital city again.

The post-flood rehabilitation process has been going on in Jakarta, including the cleaning-up of rubbish and mud in many places. (reported by MES for globalwarming awareness2007)