Bro­ken gate ex­ac­er­bates sit­u­a­tion in Cil­inc­ing

The Jakarta Post - - CITY - Ra­madani Sa­pu­tra

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, stu­dents of el­e­men­tary school SD 02 Cil­inc­ing in North Jakarta had to cross a flooded road in front of the Cil­inc­ing sub-district of­fice.

The road was en­gulfed by sea­wa­ter caused by tidal floods.

For two days, two com­mu­nity units (RW) — RW 06 and RW 09 — in Cil­inc­ing sub-district have been swamped by the an­nual flood. Sea­wa­ter swept over Jl. Cil­inc­ing Bakti VI, which is part of both com­mu­nity units where the sub-district of­fice is lo­cated.

While it in­con­ve­nienced pedes­tri­ans, peo­ple who live in the area are used to it.

One of the res­i­dents, Safrudin, 30, said the flood had not re­ally dis­turbed their ac­tiv­i­ties.

“What I see from this year’s flood is the color of the water, which is not as black as it was last year,” Safrudin, who is a general worker at the Pub­lic Fa­cil­ity Main­te­nance Agency (PPSU), also known as the “or­ange troops,” told The Jakarta Post.

Cil­inc­ing sub-district head Sugi­man said this year’s flood had been worse com­pared to pre­vi­ous years. Last year, the num­ber of ar­eas af­fected by the ris­ing sea­wa­ter level was lower than this year.

“The two com­mu­nity units were in­un­dated by sea­wa­ter reach­ing var­i­ous lev­els, rang­ing from 5 to 20 cen­time­ters. Last year, the road in front of our of­fice was not in­un­dated by the flood,” he told the Post.

The flood that has been in­un­dat­ing the two com­mu­nity units has its own cy­cle. It will creep into the area at around 9 a.m. and re­cede at around 1 p.m.

Be­sides the ris­ing sea­wa­ter level, Sugi­man said the dam­aged Bu­lak Cabe flood gate had wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion.

The flood gate stops water from the Rawa Malang River from flow­ing into the Cakung River.

“The flood gate has been rusty and now it is dam­aged which caused water from the Rawa Malang River to flow into the Cakung River,” he said.

Aside from the dam­aged flood gate, he said the ab­sence of a pump at the Bu­lak Cabe flood gate on the Cakung River also af­fected the sit­u­a­tion.

Ab­du­rah­man, 64, a res­i­dent who also works as the Bu­lak Cabe flood gate­keeper, said the pump and flood gate were nec­es­sary to pre­vent sev­eral ar­eas in the sub­dis­trict from flood­ing.

When the Post met him, Ab­du­rah­man added that he and sev­eral work­ers had been try­ing to re­pair the flood gate for the last two weeks. The project is ex­pected to fin­ish be­fore Dec. 15.

The ris­ing sea­wa­ter level has not only af­fected Cil­inc­ing sub-district, but sev­eral other sub-dis­tricts in North and West Jakarta as well.

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