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Cloud seeding is again used, but for another reason. This time it's to break up rain clouds before they enter the city - a method that will, hopefully, reduce rainfall by more than 30 percent.
JAKARTA: Jakarta is taking urgent measures to reduce the amount of rainfall it gets during this time of year.
Cloud seeding is again used, but for another reason.
This time it's to break up rain clouds before they enter the city - a method that will, hopefully, reduce rainfall by more than 30 percent.
Heru Widodo, weather modification team head, said: "The Met agency predicts rainfall will peak mid-January until the 17th. Overall rainfall throughout the month will be high. Rainfall will decrease in February and increase again in March."
Torrential rain has left over 7,000 houses under water and forced more than 5,000 people to take shelter in 35 evacuation sites.
Still, the National Disaster Management agency believes that this year, the handling of the flood situation has improved.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman, said: "Compared to last year the floods are not as bad. Besides the heavy rainfall, the breach of Latuharhary embankment caused the floods to spread to Pluit and last for a week. The floodwater receded in the last two to three days."
The floodwaters in most areas of Jakarta have receded on Tuesday but the flooding has left behind damaged infrastructure, including underground drainages that has caused several pockets of South Jakarta to remain under water.
One area was under 1.5 metres of water, just a day ago. The damage is now clearly visible after floodwaters receded.
Saryanto, a flood victim, said: "The underground drainage needs to be changed. Don't simply fill in the landslides and rebuild the sidewalks. The underground drains must be replaced with big sewers."
The Governor of Jakarta believes there's still room for improvement.
He said flood control needs an integrated approach and he wants to see the central government and surrounding cities work together to help tackle the annual floods.