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Utarakan Jakarta
The People Behind the Seawall

Jakarta is on the verge of drowning. Every year the City sinks between
7,5 – 25 centimetres due to land subsidence caused by excessive deep groundwater extraction.
The existing seawall in North Jakarta, protecting the City from rising sea levels, is sinking at the same rate.
If nothing is done people will drown, houses will wash away and every time floods will stop daily life.
In 20-30 years’ time one third of the City will be under water.
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Strong Dyke, Stay Safe!

by Experts Strong Dyke, Stay Safe!

SarminiB02HR4307Who Basuki Rakhmat
Position Controlling Section Head
Organisation BPBD (Local Disaster Handling Body) DKI Jakarta

The idea of Exit Buildings for Pluit seemed suitable for the area, do you remember my post last week? However, Pluit isn`t the only area in North Jakarta that faces problem of sea water level, also Pantai Mutiara is worrying.

BPBD had a chance to visit Pantai Mutiara early this June when a dyke was perforated. It caused an impact to 4 blocks consisting 124 houses or around 50% of the area was flooded. The dyke construction wasn`t strong enough. Years ago the dyke was built in quite high level, but as time went by the sea water has also been rising. What happened less than a month ago was because the dyke couldn`t stand to hold the water anymore and it cracked!

Water has the power to push everything even when there`s just a little crack. What happened to Pantai Mutiara has reminded us that good dyke design doesn`t guarantee its strength if maintenance isn`t applied well. The sea next to Pantai Mutiara has high tide, so the dyke has to be watched carefully. Maintenance is crucial!

Of course, we don`t pray for sinking Jakarta, so please let your friends who live in Pantai Mutiara notice about this. Stay safe!

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Oh Jakarta

by Your Stories Oh Jakarta

CHRIS EVANThis month, Charlie Chris Evan, formerly a lawyer but now works as a tattoo artist and activist returns with a photo and a poem for Utarakan Jakarta

Oh Jakarta

Here I am gasping for air
As I stumble in time
Raging, relentlessly
Though in my heart there is only gloom

Dust, invisible dust
But clear before the projector
Presenting random patterns
Of stories passing in time

Oh Jakarta
Foreign surrounds, alien sounds
Oh Jakarta
Hazy senses, vague reminiscence

Memories
Drowned
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Weatherforecast: heavy rains

by Experts Weatherforecast: heavy rains

Rain in June? It could be not just in Sapardi’s poetry!Who Hary Tirto Djatmiko
Organisation BMKG (Badan Meteorologi,Klimatologi dan Geofisika) / Indonesia`s Non Departmental Government Organisation on Meteorology,Climatology and Geophysics.
Position Head of Public Relations Department
Highlights Lecturer at STMKG (Institute of Meteorology,Climatology & Geophysics); speaker for disaster risk reduction.

Have you heard the weather forecast? You don t know a reliable source? Don`t worry, BMKG has open 24-hour weather information service for you. Contact us! If you want to know the latest forecast.
You can call us (021) 6546315/18. Or you can also visit our website on http://web.meteo.bmkg.go.id or simply follow our Twitter @infobmkg.
You should be aware of heavy rain potential in all over Indonesia, including until 20th June 2016. The atmosphere condition has become unstable, we`ve also noticed that there might be potential disasters like flash flood, landslide or fallen tree on the road during the heavy rain.
If you keep yourself update and close with BMKG, you will always know such urgent information immediately. Follow us and be safe!

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Exit Building, safe from floods

by Experts

Who Basuki Rakhmat
Position Controlling Section Head
Organisation BPBD (Local Disaster Handling Body) DKI Jakarta

Familiar with Pluit, North Jakarta? Maybe you know the malls there very well. But have you ever been there when flood happens?

People in Pluit have experienced terrible floods. Due to its limited access roads, that area is one of the hardest to reach during disaster. And it`s hard to escape from too. Our standard evacuation in Pluit is by using boats evacuating stranded people from their houses.

However, we have a better idea – particularly for Pluit: Exit Buildings. It`s a designated medium rise building. Having nothing below with several upper storeys. This could be temporary evacuation area; a temporary homy shelter. This building has to be situated among people`s houses. Not just one building, but more if that is needed. Pluit residents can run to it and stay there until the water subsides. Or if the disaster lasts longer, at least, they will be in a safer and higher place than their own houses, while waiting for our rescue team to come. So, why not Exit Building? Let`s start thinking about making it!

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Sonnet for Jakarta

by Your Stories Sonnet for Jakarta

Freyke KosakoyFreyke is a commercial photographer, runner and on also love to cook and eat out in his spare time. Being originally from Balikpapan, today Freyke shares his feeling of being a Jakartan through this sonnet.

Sonnet for Jakarta

Waves of horns and hectic machines,
Dissolve within ambitions and restless hope,
Uppish sun, pinching before the grey screen,
Make it harder to breathe in between the heat rope.

Oh, this is none but a giant stage,
Where everyone seeks for the main role,
Bring all to the table, and left the beast uncaged,
Denied by they own self, clowns on patrol.

Refuse to weathered, he stood still against it,
Put all the good deeds and he keeps moving,
He also had been enchanted by it, bit by bit,
And a promise to cast a clear blue sky morning.

I still put my hope in you, Jakarta, my o’ my,
Fresh new air and stories to share, you and i.
Freyke Kosakoy
Photos by Freyke Kosakoy.

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Getting used to is a bad sign

by Experts Getting used to is a bad sign

Merasa terbiasa adalah pertanda burukWho Rosdiana Setyaningrum, Mpsi, MHPEd
Profession Clinical psychologist
Active in Diana&Associate, Heartsprings Therapy Center, Dzone Therapy Center
Education Psychology postgraduate from University of Indonesia, Attended postgraduate programme at School of Medical Education – University of New South Wales, Sydney

Trauma is an unusual event, it creates shock to our mind. A few years ago, Jakartans panicked facing flood. Causing traumatic moments until people decided to move to more secured areas. However, as flood kept occurring, Jakartans have got used to it, no more panick. Just like daily traffic jam, now floods are considered as part of their life.

In psychology, there`s an understanding that human has a capability of coping. In Jakarta: people don`t care anymore about traffic or flooding, they experience it too often. However, this is a bad sign. Ignorance towards what happens will impact to the future generation. The way they get used to flood or traffic jam is a sign that they don`t think longterm sustainably. For example: people know that living next to river is unhealthy, as they`re just so close to many diseases. They will always think of I get used to be here. They do not notice their babies are all around viruses as they grow up.

So, do you really want to feel fine all the time about flood and traffic jam? I hope that we haven`t lost our mind to give up.

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Flood app, raised money for victims

by Experts Flood app, raised money for victims

IMG_1644 copyWho Fauzan Helmi Sudaryanto
Education Computer Science, University of Indonesia
Highlight Co-Founder of TemanJalan

The app Siaga Banjir (Flood Alert) is downloaded by more than 30,000 users in 2014 to 2015. Convenient for people with high mobility: flood notification service, based on location. Register, name of location and you will get updates per 1/3/6 or12 hours. If flood happened within a distance of 2,5 km from the chosen monitored location, people received a notification.
The service became a premium feature as an effort to collect funding for flood victims. 70% of the total amount obtained from the feature would be donated to Dompet Dhuafa. Users could send one-time payment of IDR 50,000 to monitor 1 location. Surprisingly in a single moment, we got total of IDR 4,261,477 collected and we gave the money to Dompet Dhuafa.
Monitoring as well as donating for flood victims, what a relieve!
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