"Several solutions that we have conceived to address the coastal flooding include residents' relocation to existing flats with unoccupied rooms," Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria stated at the Jakarta City Hall on Thursday.
A team formed by the North Jakarta authority will assist the provincial government in determining the families eligible to join the first relocation phase and seek available rooms in existing flats in Jakarta to accommodate the families, he stated.
"We currently studied how many families could be relocated and how many rooms that are available. There will also be a team that would coordinate with the North Jakarta mayor," the deputy governor stated.
Patria also called on North Jakartans affected by coastal flooding to exercise patience, as the central government and Jakarta authorities had toiled to assist the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry's flood embankment project in the northern coast of Jakarta.
"We are striving to construct the embankment to reduce the risk of coastal flooding that often occurs during the wet season. This effort requires a significant amount of time and budget, so I beg for the residents' patience," he remarked.
The recent coastal flooding occurred in Pluit, Penjaringan, Ancol, and Muara Angke, all in North Jakarta, and affected a total of 300 families, he pointed out.
Earlier, the PUPR Ministry had confirmed that the embankment construction project would cover around 46.2 kilometers of detected critical coastal areas and estuaries in North Jakarta.
The ministry and provincial authority have cooperated in constructing different embankment sections, with the Jakarta government tasked with the handling of 22.4 kilometers, while the ministry assisted for some 10.8 kilometers of the embankment.
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