~ Jakarta flood ~

03 February 2007

after two days of non-stop rain in Jakarta, the whole city was pretty much flooded. something similar to this happened back in 2002. from what i heard, yesterday was the worst. highways, airports, hospitals, train stations are all non-functional due to the flood. many places lost their electricity, too. there has also been deaths as the result of the flood.

basically, the whole city has gone to a halt. this is photos from Marthin’s place… pretty crazy looking. in some areas, the water level goes up to the roof of one-story houses. scary!

what worries me the most is that ari’s parents live in one of the most flood-prone area in Jakarta; Greenville — Tanjung Duren.

this morning, we got a news from home that ari’s parents are pretty much trapped in their house. the water level in their house is as high as their dining table. if they try to go on the street in front of their house, the water is up to their chest (1.3 meter?). there is no electricity in the area, because the central had to turn it off to prevent electrocution. the phone has been cut off. the cell phone is getting thin on the battery, and there is no way to charge it up. they are currently living on their second floor with their dog. there is limited amount of clean water and gas to cook.

hearing this makes me want to cry. it’s very hard to get in touch with them, since the only means of communication is a cell phone with very little battery power.

boy, oh boy… i’m so worried. i so hope the water level will go down soon.

~ comment (20) ~

ikut prihatin thal.
disebelah timur perumahan gue, airnya setinggi dada orang dewasa :(
jadi kayak danau..
gue sendiri pas kamis malem hampir gak bisa pulang ke rumah :(

godote | 4 February 2007 - 12:48 | reply

iya, di rumah ari juga segitu tuh… kalo 1.3 meter sih, kira2 seleher gue kali ya (lebih pendek dari “orang dewasa”, hee hee). untung elo sempet pulang…

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 09:33 | reply

Mudah2an gapapa ya Thal.. Really sorry to hear that. Seharian tadi sih kayanya nggak ujan walaupun emang agak mendung. Hopefully airnya udah agak surut jadi bisa evakuasi ke tempat yang lebih safe…

H | 4 February 2007 - 03:18 | reply

oh, kemaren ga jadi ujan ya… phew :) iya, moga2 airnya cepet surut.

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 09:34 | reply

I took some photos of flooded Kelapa Gading area. I think this flood is even bigger than the one in 2002.

MB | 4 February 2007 - 06:14 | reply

thanks for the photos, Marek! yeah, i thought the flood is bigger than the 2002 since the water level seems to be higher and there are more flooded points. but all the people i talked to said that it’s not as bad as the 2002.

hopefully it’ll be over soon. and good luck to you.

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 09:37 | reply

Oh dear. Hope the flood won’t last too long …. :-(

Lisa Y | 4 February 2007 - 08:39 | reply

yeah, i hope so too… :(

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 09:38 | reply

iya nih Thal, turut prihatin. udah gitu hujan masih akan turun lebih deras lagi di bulan feb ini. well, this is according to the BMG. this year flood i think is worst than 2002 flood. my dad said 80% of Jakarta area is paralyzed.

cynthia | 4 February 2007 - 03:16 | reply

iya, gue juga dibilangin, kalo feb itu have the highest rainfall. wah ga kebayang deh gue jakarta kayak gimana. denger2, katanya 20% dari jakarta aja udah kerendem air… serasa venesia…

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 08:45 | reply

tapi kok temen gue yg tinggal di jl.delima-tj.duren oke2 aja tuh neng…
btw semoga kel.ari ga kenapa2 ya…

btw ortu gue juga kudu ngungsi tuh…kasian yah ‘-(

fisty | 4 February 2007 - 07:34 | reply

*shrugs*… tante, om dan neneknya ari, yang juga tinggal di Tanjung Duren — tapi bukan di Greenville, juga ga kebanjiran tuh. setau gue sih, spot2 yang prone banjir kan bukan seluruh tanjung duren.

thalia | 4 February 2007 - 08:47 | reply

Turut prihatin, semoga semua baik2 saja.

yoel | 5 February 2007 - 10:58 | reply

thanks yul. di rumah lo ga banjir?

thalia | 5 February 2007 - 12:41 | reply

Oh iya rmh Ari di Tanjung Duren ya? semoga ga kenapa2 ya Thal… jadi inget waktu lo mo merit dulu.. sblmnya sempet deg2an juga gara2 greenvile kena banjir ya..
tadi malem gw sempet jalan lg.. took some photos seremmm juga genangan yg setinggi tinggi pinggang..

marthin | 5 February 2007 - 12:37 | reply

haha! iya tuh. sehari sebelum kawinan gue sempet gotong2 baju kawin ke mobil dengan *spa kaki* sepaha gara2 greenville banjir. moga2 udah mendingan sekarang…

thalia | 5 February 2007 - 12:44 | reply

ikut prihatin Thal, moga2 situasi banjir di rumah mertua cepet membaik ya…
gw hari jumat juga kejebak di jalan :(

yanti | 7 February 2007 - 11:22 | reply

makasih :) mudah2an se-jakarta surut. ampe sekarang sih, mereka masih hidup ala robin hood, di tingkat 2 rumahnya… masih blum ada perbaikan nih…

thalia | 7 February 2007 - 04:46 | reply

hope things get better soon. my thoughts and prayers are with you and ari’s family. i know it’s impossible to do under the circumstances, but try not to worry too much, you have your little one to think of as well.

keri | 8 February 2007 - 12:59 | reply

thanks Keri. it seems that things get better in Jakarta. the rain has (sorta) stopped and the water has receeded greatly (only about 20cm in the house, last night). that’s a good news. so, thank you.

thalia | 8 February 2007 - 10:45 | reply