Indonesia Flood: Jakarta Placed Under State of Emergency

Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, is paralyzed by massive flooding. Governor Joko Widodo placed the capital under emergency status until January 27. It is reported that 27 out of 44 subdistricts in Jakarta are flooded. Netizens are using the hashtag #banjirJKT (Jakarta flood) to share information about the flood situation in various districts.

@Posma_ Jokowi-Ahok menghadapi salah tantangan terbesar Jakarta. Ini baru banjir 5 tahunan. Semoga terobosan solusinya berjalan baik #banjirJKT

@Posma_ (Mayor) Jokowi-(Deputy Mayor) Ahok are dealing with Jakarta's toughest challenge. This is what we call the five-year flood. Hopefully, the solution will be smooth #banjirJKT

Flooding in central Jakarta. Image from twitter page of @KartuPos

@cewequat Silakan berpartisipasi di #BerbagiSELIMUT Menolong warga terdekat sekitar & siapa saja yg bisa kita bantu meringankan musibah #BanjirJKT

@cewequat Do participate in #berbagiselimut (share a blanket). Help your neighbors or anybody. We can help those who suffer in this Jakarta flood.

The local economy was paralyzed after two consecutive days of heavy rains in Jakarta

Johannes Silentio Hari-hari ini wajah paradoks Jakarta terkuak lebar. Kota metropolis-modern yang berkali-kali salah urus dan bisa lumpuh hanya karena hujan semalaman.

Johannes Silentio These past days, the paradoxical facade of Jakarta was revealed. A modern metropolis that is mismanaged many times over and can be crippled by overnight rainfall.

Heavy flooding in central Jakarta. Photo from @MustafidzZ

@BLUTransJakarta: Info | 09:16 Mhn maaf saat ini semua koridor stop operasi imbas banjir dan jlr tdk dapat dilalui

@BLUTransJakarta: We apologize to announce that currently all our bus corridors have stopped operating due to flooding and lanes are impassable.

Jennie S. Bev Many things need to be cancelled today, including business meetings.  Floods in Jakarta as high as 3 meters in some areas. Internet connection is also bad. My sympathy to all affected.

‏@kalamkata Tol bandara arah tengah kota, jalur kanan terendam setinggi setengah bodi mobil sedan. #BanjirJKT #JKTBanjir

‏@kalamkata Inner city highway's right lane is submerged. Half a sedan high.

Jakarta residents cross a flooded street. Photo by asep sambas Copyright @Demotix (1/16/2013)

Flood photos are also pooled on Pinterest. Meanwhile, Google user Dest created a Google Map to locate the heavily flooded areas in Jakarta. Below are other twitter reactions and updates about the flood:

@DianOnno Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) sepertinya juga sedang membantu hewan yang terkena dampak #banjirJkt. Kalau butuh bisa kontak mereka.

@DianOnno Looks like Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) is helping animals that are affected by Jakarta flood. Do contact them if you need assistance.

@Oepaij Wilayah yang harusnya jadi zona luahan air (discharge) malah dibikin pemukiman. Sama aja nyuruh orang ngebangun rumah di empang. #BanjirJKT

@Oepaij Areas prepared to receive water evacuation are now filled with residents. That's like telling people to build a house on top of swamp.

@Ngelantour Flood in the world is measured by ‘cm’ or ‘meters’. Only in Indonesia, it is measured by ‘mata kaki, betis, dengkul, dada, pinggang, leher’ (ankle high, calves, knee, chest, hip and neck deep)

‏@KartuPos Ular gede banget ditemukan depan sekolah Santa Ursula sekitar Lapangan Banteng. Dari path @BeckTum:

‏@KartuPos Large snake found in front of Saint Ursula school near Lapangan Banteng (note: a sports field). From Path Dari path @BeckTum:

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