Jakarta: Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the flooding in the capital is mainly caused by the surge of water from the upstream area.
According to Anies, large chunk of the city lies below the sea level.
"So, the surge of water from the upstream area to the city will meet higher sea levels as soon as it is sent to the ocean," he said at the Jakarta City Hall Hall, Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Anies has been thinking of the best method to overcome the flooding. The Jakarta provincial government is planning to build retention pools in the upstream area. The program is expected to be able to control the surge of water from the upstream area.
He cited Kampung Melayu region in East Jakarta as an example. The Jakarta provincial Government has normalized the river in that region. However, the region is still not completely flood-free.
"Why is there still flooding? Because the surge of water from the upstream area is not controlled," he answered.
The former Minister of Education and Culture will cooperate with President Joko Widodo and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono. He hopes for the immediate implementation of this long-term strategy.
"Because whatever we do in the downstream area, especially with higher sea levels, high water velocity and large volume, it is impossible to pump the water quickly to the ocean," explained the former Rector of Paramadina University.