As Jakarta begins to clean up after the most severe floods since 2007, politicians are being held to account for the city’s poor defences against the seasonal barrages of water.
The damage toll has been high. To date, 20 people have been confirmed dead and 50,000 left homeless.
The city’s CBD, an area that’s usually immune to heavy flooding, was submerged under as much as two metres of water in some areas on Thursday. This took place after a decision was made earlier to open floodgates upstream in Jakarta’s eastern subdistricts.
Indonesia’s capital is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises, with around 12 million inhabitants. Although economically Jakarta is placed to continue its rapid growth as a major centre for global business in Asia, geographically, the city is in trouble. Located in a low lying area south of the Java Sea, Jakarta is extremely prone to flooding in the monsoon season.