Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has prepared evacuation camps at nine locations to anticipate coastal flooding.

"We have prepared shelters along with other supporting facilities and infrastructure to deal with the possibility of coastal flooding in vulnerable urban villages," said Isnawa Adji, acting Chief of Jakarta BPBD, on Monday.

He explained that according to the Tanjung Priok Maritime Meteorological Station, coastal flooding might affect nine locations in Jakarta on February 19–23.

Adji said the phenomenon of tidal flooding occurs due to the rise in sea levels during the new moon phase.

The nine areas at risk include Kamal Muara, Kapuk Muara, Penjaringan, Pluit, Ancol, Marunda, Cilincing, and Kalibaru in North Jakarta, along with Kamal in West Jakarta.

Hence, the Jakarta BPBD has urged residents in those areas to step up vigil against the rise in sea levels that could lead to flooding.

"We prepared facilities and infrastructure, such as boats, ring buoys, and life jackets, to be used while evacuating people," he remarked.

Adji said that his office has also deployed 267 quick reaction team personnel to monitor conditions in each vulnerable area.

Early-warning information is coordinated with the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), while collaboration with other agencies like the Water Resources Office, Fire and Rescue Office, Office of Highways, Public Order and Security Police, and village chiefs ensures a comprehensive response.

The agency has also appealed to the public to always check the latest information on the sea wave condition at the official websites of the Jakarta BPBD or the Jakarta government. Emergency assistance can be reached by calling 112.

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