The unusual heavy rainfall on last 31 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 which caused floods everywhere in Jakarta Bogor Depok Tangerang Bekasi (Jabodetabek) area caused so much havoc which we hope we will not see again. Dwikorita Karnawati, Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), however, has declared that the peak of the 2020 rainy season is expected during the months of February and March. According to Dwikorita, the rainy season has begun in stages since the end of 2019 and will continue well into March. Natural disasters are happening around the world in such an unprecedented pace. We talk about drastic climate change around the world and we hope that havoc of such disasters does not happen to us. But it did, in many parts of the Jabodetabek area. We were not spared at Lippo Village despite the precautions that were undertaken before the rainy season.
Let us continue to stay alert! We need to anticipate thunderstorms and strong winds with possible flooding, landslides, power outages and difficult travel conditions in light of the weather forecasts for this first quarter of 2020.
TMD’s preparation for the rainy season since last year covered cleaning of all the sewerage drains and water ponds, maintaining and preparing all pumps ready for optimum performance, and tree trimming. We are continuing to monitor the low level areas to prevent flooding and can assure residents that in the event of any unforeseen extreme weather conditions in Lippo Village, TMD officers are on standby to put into effect its flood mitigation measures and recovery process. Water trucks are on standby in case there is a water supply interruption and our Emergency Task Force immediately goes out to check for fallen trees blocking access and remove them. If power lines are downed, TMD coordinates with PLN as well as PDAM to ensure that utility services continue with minimum interruption.
Here are important safety tips before, during and after flooding occurs:
BEFORE : Know the hazards in your area
• Monitor the news for weather updates, warnings and advisories.
• Know the flood early warning.
• Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
• Secure your home. Move essential furniture and items to the upper floor.
• Before evacuating, turn off all main switches of electricity, water and LPG Tanks.
• Put pets, if any, in a safe area.
• Immediately evacuate to higher and safer grounds when order is received.
DURING : Stay on higher grounds
• Stay indoors and stay tuned for latest news and weather updates.
• Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in floodwater.
• Do not walk, swim or drive through flood water. Turn around, don’t drown. You know that six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
AFTER : Stay alert and keep safe
• Leave the evacuation area only when authorities say it is safe to return home.
• Report fallen trees and electric posts to Emergency 0800 1900 911.
• Check your wet or submerged electrical outlets and appliances before turning on electricity.
• Check your house for possible damages and repair as necessary.
• Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
• Make sure that the food and water for drinking are not contaminated by flood water.
• Throw away rainwater in cans, pots and tires to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
TMD will keep you updated on the latest situation in Lippo Village during extreme weather conditions. Please keep checking your email and Whatsapp as well as website www.lippovillage.com and our IG. @lippovillage for important updates and information. Register your mobile number for Whatsapp, if not already.
If you are in an emergency situation, please contact TMD Emergency at 0800 1900 911, our duty officers are on standby 24/7 to help you.
TMD Task Force Team working late at night to keep the water level
and clean up the fallen branches/ trees
TMD Water Team standby to supply the water for residents during the main water supply interruption
caused by recent floods