Jakarta (ANTARA) - North and East Jakarta need more water pump houses to handle flooding, which is continuing to pose a threat to the two regions during high-intensity rainfall, a local legislator said.

"Our post-flood evaluation concluded that North and East Jakarta need more water house pumps," said Dedi Supriadi, a member of the Jakarta legislative body's Commission D overseeing development.

Speaking to journalists here on Tuesday, he said that the two regions remain vulnerable to inundation during the rainy season, as seen during the peak rainfall on March 1, 2024.

"Friday's rainfall intensity was recorded at 160 cubic millimeters per second, while our macro-drainage capacity is just able to receive 150 cubic millimeters per second," he highlighted.

As a result, certain areas were flooded due to river overflow, he informed while urging the Jakarta administration to provide more water pump houses to accelerate efforts to drain floodwaters.

"We cannot imagine the traffic jams caused by the flooded road sections," Supriadi said.

According to the Jakarta provincial government's data, as disclosed on dsda.jakarta.go.id, the metropolitan city has 202 water pump stations.

Forty-seven of the pumps are located in West Jakarta, while 48 are in South Jakarta, 28 in Central Jakarta, 26 in East Jakarta, and 52 in North Jakarta. One more pump is used for handling tidal flooding.

On February 29, acting Jakarta Governor Heru Budi Hartono inspected the Sentiong water pump house in Ancol, North Jakarta, following flooding in several parts of the metropolitan city.

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