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samedi 19 janvier 2013

Indonesia: Jakarta worst floods since 2007! Ground level in North Jakarta has fallen by 4.1 meters! Sri Lanka: 500.000 affected, 52 dead in worst floods in eight years!




Indonesia SINKING:
/ Death toll in Jakarta floods rises to 12. Jakarta flooding has claimed the lives of 12 people living in the Greater Jakarta as of Friday, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. "Of the 12 people, nine were residents of West Jakarta, one of East Jakarta, one of South Jakarta, while [the residence of] another one was not known," agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reported on Friday.
The floods have inundated 32 districts and 102 subdistricts across Jakarta, displacing more than 18,000 residents. thejakartapost.com /
/ Floods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have left at least 11 people dead, authorities said Friday as murky brown waters submerged parts of the city’s business district, causing chaos for a second day.
The capital’s worst floods in five years have also forced 18,000 people from their homes, the nation’s disaster agency said, with many ferried to temporary shelters on rafts.
“Floods are occurring still and since Jan 15, 11 people have died, five of which from electrocution,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Among the dead were two children aged two and 13, said Nugroho, adding that although waters were receding eight per cent of the capital was still inundated and a city-wide state of emergency would apply until Jan 27. The flooding caused chaos in Jakarta’s upmarket downtown district, causing hours-long traffic jams as motorists struggled to get to work along canal-like streets. /
/ At least 6,101 people in Jakarta had to evacuate as of Tuesday evening due to flood waters inundating 50 subdistricts, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency. News reports said the water was more than 3 meters deep in Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, and Kedoya Selatan in West Jakarta was 2 meters under water after a nearby embankment collapsed.thejakartapost.com /
/ Jakarta declares emergency as water levels rise.
Indonesia has declared a state of emergency in waterlogged Jakarta after days of rain forced thousands to be evacuated, left five dead and affected nearly 100,000 others in the capital city's worst flooding since 2007. Weather officials yesterday warned that the worst was not over, with more heavy rain expected in the next few days. Army special forces and firemen have been deployed to rescue the stranded. /
Several volunteers helped flood victims, with a Sarinah shopping center security guard helping a child to cross a flooded road. (JP/P.J. Leo)
/ State of emergency in Jakarta
The worst floods to hit Jakarta since 2007 are expected to get even worse when the city is buffeted by monsoon rains this weekend, according to officials. Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono announced on Thursday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had raised the emergency level for Jakarta to “alert” (siaga), the highest level. “The warning level will remain elevated until conditions improve in Jakarta,” Agung told reporters after a meeting at Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s office with officials from relevant ministries and state agencies. “Current weather reports say the bad weather is going to stay for the next few days. We need to keep our eyes open,” Agung added.
Officials say that at least 15,423 people have taken refuge at 68 evacuation centers as of Thursday night and more than 114,000 people were affected by flooding in 73 subdistricts across the capital.
Vast swaths of nearby Depok, West Java, were also inundated. The Jakarta Police said that at least 14 people have died in flood related drownings, landslides or electrocutions in Greater Jakarta since Tuesday. /
/ “In 30 years of my life here it has never flooded, ever. This is the very first time,” said Ninuk, 30, a resident of central Jakarta. thepeninsulaqatar.com /
/ “Jakarta, once again after the big deluge in 2007, has suffered this disaster. All over the city people are suffering from this flood, including at the Palace, my office, which was also inundated this morning. The government is working hard. I have told relevant officials and agencies to take immediate action,” Yudhoyono told reporters following his boat tour. thejakartapost.com /
Fact os sinking -
/ The soil in Jakarta continues to decline. In addition to geological factors, the cause is excessive groundwater abstraction. Land subsidence caused widespread flooding. Canal system built ineffective tackling flooding. Expert geo LIPI, January Sopaheluwakan, Thursday (17/01/2013), said land subsidence in Jakarta vary, 4-20 centimeters per year. Pluit area which is a reclaimed product fell 24 centimeters per year. He said most of the land in the form of hollow Jakarta lower than sea level. As a result, the rivers that flow through Jakarta and empties into the Bay of Jakarta tends to return to the lowlands of the city. Restu Gunawan, a historian who examined the history of flooding in Jakarta since the colonial period to the present, said the canal system built since the Dutch proved unsuccessful.
Flooding tends to expand in January 2013, when rainfall is lower than the floods of 2007 and 2002. /
Data from the city government has shown that the ground level in some parts of North Jakarta has fallen by 4.1 meters. thejakartaglobe.com /
/ BMKG: Jakarta Floods Also Because Sea Post. Liputan6.com, Jakarta: Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) explains, floods hit several areas in Jakarta and caused several roads cut off, Tuesday (15/01/2013) yesterday, due to the high intensity rainfall that occurred in area of ​​Bogor, West Java. In addition to high-intensity rainfall, floods in Jakarta are also influenced by the cycles of tidal sea water. He continued, in addition to high-intensity rainfall, floods in Jakarta are also influenced by the cycles of tidal sea water. Prabowo said, in mid to late January it was high tide sea water. With a pair of sea water, causing river water can not flow into the sea. "We suspect the rain water from upstream through a river in Jakarta stuck into the sea because the water was high tide," he said.
Prabowo explained, in addition to two main factors, there are still several other factors that led to the Jakarta area flooded. Factors that include urban spatial irregularities, blockage of river water, and poor drainage systems. /

S. Sulawesi flood death toll rises
The death toll in the flooding in South Sulawesi has risen from five to eight as floodwaters continue to inundate a number of areas in the province. Provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency head Mappagio said on Monday that the victims had drowned after being swept away. “Three people died in Gowa, two in Pangkep, two in Jeneponto and one in Barru,” Mappagio said. As of Monday the floodwaters in Makassar had receded, to a depth of around a meter. However, many residents chose to stay in their temporary shelters. /
Kalimatan -
/ Nearly 9,000 homes have now been inundated as flooding that began a week ago in Central Kalimantan’s North Barito district continues unabated.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said on Sunday that 8,872 homes in the district were reported to have been affected by the flooding. “The flooding there that began on December 3 is still continuing to spread,” he said. “Six of the nine subdistricts in North Barito are now inundated in around two meters of floodwater. In some places the water is as deep as four meters.”
He previously warned that rain-related disasters across the country were expected to continue until January. The BNPB noted that mudslides and floods in the past two months have killed at least 33 people and forced 35,000 to flee their homes. /
Sri Lanka:
/ Sri Lanka floods hit over 500 thousand people. At least 52 dead and 8 missing. At least 503,406 people from 137,019 families have been affected by monsoon floods and landslides in Sri Lanka over the past month. According to data from the Meteorology Department and Disaster Management Centre (DMC), more than 5,370 houses were destroyed while 33,571 were dpartially amaged. So far, the death toll stands at 52 dead and eight missing. /
/ "Although Sri Lanka is geographically situated to endure frequent flooding, this is the worst in eight years," said GFA president K P Yohannan. christiantoday.com /
Indonesia:
Eleven dead as floods swamp central Jakarta

JAKARTA: Floods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have left at least 11 people dead, authorities said Friday as murky brown waters submerged parts of the city’s business district, causing chaos for a second day.

The capital’s worst floods in five years have also forced 18,000 people from their homes, the nation’s disaster agency said, with many ferried to temporary shelters on rafts.

“Floods are occurring still and since Jan 15, 11 people have died, five of which from electrocution,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Among the dead were two children aged two and 13, said Nugroho, adding that although waters were receding eight per cent of the capital was still inundated and a city-wide state of emergency would apply until Jan 27.

The flooding caused chaos in Jakarta’s upmarket downtown district, causing hours-long traffic jams as motorists struggled to get to work along canal-like streets.

Drivers could be seen standing miserably in raincoats, waiting for their flooded cars to be towed away. Other vehicles lay abandoned by the side of the road.

At the landmark Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, surrounded by office towers, five-star hotels and shopping centres, the brown floodwaters continued to swirl, forcing the nearby British, German and French embassies to remain shut.

The central business district normally escapes damage in the Indonesia’s monsoonal rains but it was hit by waist-high water Thursday, forcing some commuters to wade their way to work holding bags aloft.

Jakarta, home to 20 million people, is notorious for its traffic-clogged streets, but the floods brought a new dimension to the commute.

“It took me two hours to get to work,” said Shinta Maharani, whose home is just seven kilometres from her office.

“I had to abandon the motorbike taxi and walk for 40 minutes because the road ahead was submerged.”

Many train and bus routes serving the city centre were also suspended.

“The government is trying to keep doing emergency mitigation efforts,” the disaster agency spokesman said.

The floods were the worst to hit the capital since 2007, when about 50 people were killed and more than 300,000 were displaced.

Even the presidential palace was inundated by the waters, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pictured in the grounds Thursday in rolled-up trousers as he ordered officials to ensure public safety.

Authorities raised the flood alert to its highest level Thursday, warning that the torrential rains would not subside until the end of the week.

Indonesia is regularly afflicted by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season, which lasts around half the year, and many in the capital live beside rivers which periodically overflow.
S. Sulawesi flood death toll rises

The death toll in the flooding in South Sulawesi has risen from five to eight as floodwaters continue to inundate a number of areas in the province.

Provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency head Mappagio said on Monday that the victims had drowned after being swept away.

“Three people died in Gowa, two in Pangkep, two in Jeneponto and one in Barru,” Mappagio said.

As of Monday the floodwaters in Makassar had receded, to a depth of around a meter. However, many residents chose to stay in their temporary shelters.

“We cannot go back to our homes because we are afraid that the water will rise as the rain hasn’t stopped yet,” a resident of the Antang housing complex in Makassar, Sunarti, said.

Meanwhile, traffic along the trans-Sulawesi highway, which had been disrupted for two days due to flooding and landslides, has returned to normal.

According to the agency, more than 15,000 families in the province have been affected by the flooding and the heavy rains are continuing.

In Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, dozens of hectares of rice paddies have been inundated over the past few days, most of the rice was ready to be harvested.

“At least 80 hectares of paddy have been flooded over the past two days—60 hectares of which were due to be harvested. This number might increase because we haven’t received all the data yet,” Bantul Agriculture, Husbandry and Forestry Agency head Edy Suharyanta said on Monday.

The Yogyakarta Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Body predicted that heavy rains coupled with strong winds would continue to buffet parts of Yogyakarta. (swd)
Jakarta declares emergency as water levels rise

JAKARTA - Indonesia has declared a state of emergency in waterlogged Jakarta after days of rain forced thousands to be evacuated, left five dead and affected nearly 100,000 others in the capital city's worst flooding since 2007.

Weather officials yesterday warned that the worst was not over, with more heavy rain expected in the next few days. Army special forces and firemen have been deployed to rescue the stranded.

Overnight torrential rains caused flash floods yesterday, forcing many people to abandon their homes and rescuers in lorries or dinghies to go to the aid of people stranded in offices or by the road.

Jakarta's busy city centre was not spared. Aerial footage showed the iconic fountain at the Hotel Kempinski traffic circle in the heart of the city surrounded by a sea of muddy brown water.
State of emergency in Jakarta

The worst floods to hit Jakarta since 2007 are expected to get even worse when the city is buffeted by monsoon rains this weekend, according to officials.

Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono announced on Thursday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had raised the emergency level for Jakarta to “alert” (siaga), the highest level.

“The warning level will remain elevated until conditions improve in Jakarta,” Agung told reporters after a meeting at Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s office with officials from relevant ministries and state agencies.

“Current weather reports say the bad weather is going to stay for the next few days. We need to keep our eyes open,” Agung added.

The alert status authorizes the central government and city administration to take maximum measures to assist flood victims, including the deployment of the police and the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Afterwards, Jokowi declared a state of emergency in the capital until Jan. 27, vowing to take action to prevent flooding after the current situation was under control.

The governor said that the emergency decree gave the administration the authority to make quick decisions. “We can, for example, hold a procurement without having to go through the tender process.”

Jakarta was paralyzed on Thursday after a prolonged downpour caused the Ciliwung River to overflow, leading to massive flooding that inundated the capital’s main thoroughfares and landmarks, halted traffic and brought public services to a halt.

The intense rainfall, according to the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), was attributed to the arrival of the Asian monsoon, which is expected to affect many parts of the nation over the next three days.

Hours of intense rainfall over the last several days in Jakarta and upstream in Bogor, West Java, brought the water level at the Manggarai sluice in South Jakarta, the city’s key flooding bellwether, to 1,030 centimeters on Thursday, exceeding the highest risk level of 950 centimeters.

The sluice directs runoff from the Ciliwung River to the West Flood Canal. Authorities were forced to open the sluice on Thursday to avoid bursting the canal, leading the river to inundate the tony Menteng area of South Jakarta as well as the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta.

Despite that drastic action, a 50-meter section of the canal near Jl. Latuharhari in Menteng gave way later in the morning, flooding nearby railway tracks, Jl. Teluk Betung and the main arteries of the Sudirman Central Business District, Jl. Jend. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin.

Officials say that at least 15,423 people have taken refuge at 68 evacuation centers as of Thursday night and more than 114,000 people were affected by flooding in 73 subdistricts across the capital.

Vast swaths of nearby Depok, West Java, were also inundated.
Tanah Abang railway station looked like a swimming pool as floodwater submerged the railway tracks. (JP/P.J. Leo)Tanah Abang railway station looked like a swimming pool as floodwater submerged the railway tracks. (JP/P.J. Leo)
The Jakarta Police said that at least 14 people have died in flood related drownings, landslides or electrocutions in Greater Jakarta since Tuesday.

“We advise citizens to be aware of the situation in their environment and avoid activities where they might drown. If water starts to inundate your house, turn off the electricity immediately,” spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said.

Rikwanto said people should look to the police’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) and the media for accurate information and be wary of reports on Twitter and other social media websites.

Knee-deep inundation led the Corruption Eradication Commission to evacuate several high-profile graft suspects and convicts from its detention center in the basement of its headquarters on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta.

Among the evacuees were Miranda S. Goeltom, former Bank Indonesia deputy governor; Neneng Sri Wahyuni, the wife of graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin; and politically wired business tycoon Hartati Murdaya.(nad/aml)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The soil in Jakarta continues to decline. In addition to geological factors, the cause is excessive groundwater abstraction. Land subsidence caused widespread flooding. Canal system built ineffective tackling flooding.

Expert geo LIPI, January Sopaheluwakan, Thursday (17/01/2013), said land subsidence in Jakarta vary, 4-20 centimeters per year. Pluit area which is a reclaimed product fell 24 centimeters per year.

He said most of the land in the form of hollow Jakarta lower than sea level. As a result, the rivers that flow through Jakarta and empties into the Bay of Jakarta tends to return to the lowlands of the city.

Restu Gunawan, a historian who examined the history of flooding in Jakarta since the colonial period to the present, said the canal system built since the Dutch proved unsuccessful.

Restu noted, the frequency of flooding in Jakarta is getting higher as increasing the number of people who occupy flood catchment areas and flooding. In the period 1892-1950, floods in Jakarta occurred in the span of 5-10 years. Period 1950-1970, floods occurred in the span of 3-5 years. 1970-1985 year flood range to 1-2 years.

According Restu, widespread flooding in the affected areas. Year 1892-1932, the worst-hit area was around Glodok until Monday. After the Water Gate and Flood Canal Kalimalang Matraman built in 1919, it expanded to flooding Tanah Abang, Pejambon, Kemayoran, Kampung Melayu, Manggarai, and Bukit Duri.

Year 1970-1985, floods occur up to Pondok Pinang, Chester, Tulodong Down, Bintaro, Sunday Market, Kemanggisan, Slipi and Tomang West. Flooding tends to expand in January 2013, when rainfall is lower than the floods of 2007 and 2002. (AIK)
BMKGJakarta Floods Also Because Sea Post

Liputan6.comJakartaMeteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) explains,floods hit several areas in Jakarta and caused several roads cut offTuesday (15/01/2013) yesterday, due to the high intensity rainfall that occurred in area of ​​Bogor, West Java. In addition to high-intensity rainfallfloods in Jakarta are also influenced by the cycles of tidal sea water.

The Center for Public Meteorology BMKG, Mulyono Prabowo said the rainfall that occurred yesterday inBogor region reached 100 millimeters in one day. "The rain yesterday during the day reached 100millimeters," said Prabowo in BMKG Building, Jakarta, Wednesday (01/16/2013).

According to him, with 100 millimeters of rainfall that will possibly rise so far this month. "The rainfall is 300-400 millimeters may increase for a month," says Prabowo.

He continuedin addition to high-intensity rainfallfloods in Jakarta are also influenced by thecycles of tidal sea waterPrabowo saidin mid to late January it was high tide sea water.

With a pair of sea watercausing river water can not flow into the sea"We suspect the rain waterfrom upstream through a river in Jakarta stuck into the sea because the water was high tide," he said.

Prabowo explained, in addition to two main factors, there are still several other factors that led to the Jakarta area flooded. Factors that include urban spatial irregularities, blockage of river water, and poor drainage systems.

Further, he said the period of the rainy season which occurs in November 2012 until March 2013, will reachits peak in January and February 2013. "The odds of a high intensity rainfall may occur in the periodbetween mid-January to mid-February," he said. (Mut)
9,000 Central Kalimantan Homes Inundated as Flood Waters Continue to Flow

Nearly 9,000 homes have now been inundated as flooding that began a week ago in Central Kalimantan’s North Barito district continues unabated.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said on Sunday that 8,872 homes in the district were reported to have been affected by the flooding.

“The flooding there that began on December 3 is still continuing to spread,” he said. “Six of the nine subdistricts in North Barito are now inundated in around two meters of floodwater. In some places the water is as deep as four meters.”

He added that the problem was so severe that in some areas of the district, the water level was reported to be rising by as much as 30 centimeters a day.

In addition to the houses, the flood has also affected 11 schools, six community health centers, five mosques, a church and a Hindu temple.

The flooding, caused by the rain-swollen Barito River bursting its banks, has also swamped 2,700 hectares of rice paddies and thousands more hectares of other crops, as well as washed out 25 bridges and flooded 10 kilometers of roads.

District authorities declared a state of emergency there on Saturday, while disaster relief officials have set up temporary shelters and soup kitchens to cater to those forced to flee their homes.

Sutopo said relief supplies were being distributed by the district and provincial administrations.

He previously warned that rain-related disasters across the country were expected to continue until January. The BNPB noted that mudslides and floods in the past two months have killed at least 33 people and forced 35,000 to flee their homes.
Sri Lanka floods hit over 500 thousand people. At least 52 dead and 8 missing

Colombo (AsiaNews) - At least 503,406 people from 137,019 families have been affected by monsoon floods and landslides in Sri Lanka over the past month. According to data from the Meteorology Department and Disaster Management Centre (DMC), more than 5,370 houses were destroyed while 33,571 were dpartially amaged. So far, the death toll stands at 52 dead and eight missing.

To date the government has set up 71 camps for 7,409 people (1,970 families in total). To help the displaced, the Church, local NGOs and aid associations are distributing dry rations and cooked meals.

The worst affected area is that of the Eastern Province, with 404,930 persons (109,632 families in total) because it is most exposed to torrential rains. 10 refugee camps have been set up there. In the Northern Province, more than 83,080 persons belonging to 23,122 families have been affected by the monsoon. Many of them have found refuge in 12 evacuation centers set up by the government.

According to the DMC, in the coming days flooding could also affect the Central and Southern Provinces.