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UPDATED: 14:48, February 10, 2007
Jakarta resumes normal activities after week-long flooding
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After a paralyzing week of flooding, Jakarta is slowly getting back on its normal activities, the Jakarta Post reported Saturday.

Main thoroughfares in the capital are once again seeing normal vehicle flows. Since the water has now receded in most parts of the city, motorists can take their regular routes, although several streets are still covered with mud.

Trains have been running again with overloaded passengers in its first two days of operation.

Meanwhile, the city's households and offices once again enjoy basic services.

Some Jakartans who lived in darkness for a week could finally see the light, as electricity in several parts of the capital returned to normal.

State-owned electricity company PLN said it had restored the power supply to most areas affected by the floods, following the reopening of the main distribution station in Gambir, Central Jakarta, late Thursday.

But, some areas had yet to receive power because their distribution sub-stations were still flooded.

Telecommunication services provided by state-owned company PT Telkom have also returned to normal, allowing businesses to resume their activities.

However, tap water service is not yet back to normal. City water operator PT Thames Pam Jaya (TPJ) said it had not been able to fully repair its treatment facilities.

Some 200,000 out of 374,000 tap water consumers are still experiencing water shortages, TPJ said in a statement.

The Jakarta administration will begin clearing out mud and trash left by the huge flood in several areas of the city Saturday.

"We will prioritize mass cleaning in streets and public facilities before we go on to clean residential areas," Eko Bharuna, head of the city Sanitation Agency, said Friday.

The agency will deploy its 130 garbage trucks to collect trash, as well as 30 additional trucks and 10 pieces of heavy equipment from the Public Works Agency.

It will also use 70 fire trucks to spray water and disinfectant in flooded areas.

Public health experts have warned of the possibility of infectious diseases flourishing in temporary shelters, as well as in damp areas that were previously flooded.

The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) warned that Greater Jakarta would continue seeing rain until March.

Source: Xinhua


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