Six road sections in South Jakarta still inundated: authority

Six road sections in South Jakarta still inundated: authority

Flooded section of Pondok Jaya road in South Jakarta (ANTARA/Laily Rahmawaty)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Flood waters still inundated six road sections in South Jakarta ranging from 10 to 100 centimeters high on Sunday morning, according to the South Jakarta Transportation authority.

Among the flooded road sections are Pondok Jaya in Mampang Prapatan Sub-district, Duren Bangka near Bangka neighborhood office, Gang Langgar, Bank, and Pela Mampang, Head of the South Jakarta Transportation Office Budi Setiawan said.

The flood water submerged some 300-meter-long section of the Pondok Jaya road. As a result, both motorists and car drivers could not yet passed through the road section connecting Mampang Prapatan, Bangka, and Kemang neighborhoods, he said.

The flooding also inundated 300-meter-long section of the Gang Langgar road that hampered the flow of vehicles.

According to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the extreme rainfall on Saturday inundated 193 community units (RT) in Jakarta, and forced 1,380 residents to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, the South Jakarta Metropolitan Police reported earlier that car drivers could have driven through the Kapten Tendean road connecting Mampang and Pancoran neighborhoods heading to Prapanca and Kebayoran Baru areas on Sunday morning.

"Flood waters have receded in several areas, and drivers have been able to pass through several road sections, including the Kapten Tendean road," South Jakarta Police Chief Sen.Coms.Azis Andriansyah said.

Before getting receded, the flood water inundated one-kilometer-long section of the Tendean road, ranging from 50 to 100 centimeters high.

As a result, both motorists and drivers could not pass through the road section, Andriansyah said.

In assisting residents severely affected by the flooding, a joint team of police officers, including those from the South Jakarta police precinct, had been dispatched to disaster-hit areas on Saturday.

They conducted community services by distributing staple food packages and meal boxes to residents taking refuge to temporary shelters.

The National Police also deployed several inflatable boats to help evacuate residents whose houses were severely submerged, he said.

The cops from South Jakarta Metropolitan Police also helped distribute relief and food items to affected residents, and to several public kitchens locals set up in their neighborhoods, he said.

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