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Flooding affects planes, trains in Semarang SEMARANG - It was a bright Sunday in Semarang but the floodwaters from three days of heavy rain were still inundating most parts of the city, with Ahmad Yani Airport and Tawang railroad station still not fully back to normal. Garuda Indonesia's general manager in Semarang, Arjo K. Bardijan, said on Sunday that the airline was still transporting passengers scheduled to depart from Semarang to Adi Sumarmo Airport in the neighboring city of Surakarta.

"Only 1,400 meters of runway have dried but this is not enough for our big planes like Boeing 737-500s, 737-400s and 727-300s. (We have) shifted six flights, including one heading to Singapore," Arjo said. He said the shifting of flights to Adi Sumarmo Airport meant that Garuda had to rent buses to transfer passengers between Semarang and Sukarta and vice versa.

Water from recent floods has not receded around Tawang train station in Semarang as of Sunday.
Water from recent floods has not receded around Tawang train station in Semarang as of Sunday.

"This is costing us a lot of money, especially as we have to provide food. But, it's all part of our service. We also have to explain why Garuda planes cannot land in Semarang and apologize to the passengers," Arjo said. Small planes, like the 737-200s belonging to Mandala and Sriwijaya airlines, can still land at Ahmad Yani. "We'll keep monitoring the runway's condition. If the water has dried out ... we'll return to our normal schedule at Ahmad Yani Airport," Arjo said.

The manager of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura in Semarang, Purnomo, said the firm had tried to pump the floodwater from the airport environs, but three days of rain rendered the effort useless. As of Sunday, the floodwaters were still 20 centimeters deep on most parts of the runway. "We let the airlines decide whether to land or take off. But to date, Garuda's flights are still disrupted," he said.

In Tawang railroad station, the floodwaters, almost a meter deep early on Saturday, started to recede on Sunday afternoon. The arrival and departure of many trains were shifted to Poncol station, usually reserved for economy-class trains, which was not affected by the flooding. Train company PT Kereta Api Indonesia spokesman in Semarang, Suprapto, said passengers had been given the option of leaving from Poncol station because of the flooding.

"Executive-class trains are still leaving from Tawang although the water is 12 cm deep on the tracks," he told Antara on Sunday. Nine of the city's districts were also inundated, forcing some 4,000 residents to pack up and abandon their homes. "So far, we have received no reports of casualties in Semarang," said the head of the city's information office on Sunday.

Gunawan, a resident of the upmarket Tanah Mas complex, said the water was 80 cm deep on Friday and Saturday. "I've been living here for 25 years, but this was the biggest flood ever in the complex. By Sunday afternoon, the water had only gone down by 10 cm," he said. The floods also collapsed 44 houses in the Ayodya housing complex in Sekarang, Gunungpati district, but no casualties were reported.

Landslides and flood sin Central Java have claimed seven lives Saturday, six in a landslide in Rembang regency and another one in the flooding in Pati regency, Antara reported. A man also reportedly died after being swept away by flooding in Sampang city in Madura. The water, which reached two meters in depth on Saturday, receded Sunday to around 90 cm deep.

Work was also being carried out Sunday to allow the reopening to traffic of a part of the North Coast Highway that collapsed in Tuban, East Java. "The most important thing is that we do everything we can to open the road to traffic again soon," Tuban Regent Haeny Relawaty told Antara.



Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





Albert
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And according to the T.V., it is a punishment from Allah.

Aghh ja why should you try to make your own people a little bit more intelligent?
With a god product called T.V..
Just let them stay stupid, so they will not be dangerous for the Goverment, etc.



Albert
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And according to the T.V., it is a punishment from Allah.

Aghh ja why should you try to make your own people a little bit more intelligent?
With a god product called T.V..
Just let them stay stupid, so they will not be dangerous for the Goverment, etc.



kiwimave
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Easy to blame Allah of course. We're just waiting for another Katrina happening, which will happen in Indonesia if our gouvernment friends in Indonesia keep on selling all parcs and forests close to cities like Semarang.

I've a friend in Semarang, he told me hiskamar kos is completely flooded by 30 cm of water. Emoticon: Nooo



kiwimave
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Easy to blame Allah of course. We're just waiting for another Katrina happening, which will happen in Indonesia if our gouvernment friends in Indonesia keep on selling all parcs and forests close to cities like Semarang.

I've a friend in Semarang, he told me hiskamar kos is completely flooded by 30 cm of water. Emoticon: Nooo



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On 01-02-2006 16:27 kiwimave wrote:

Ive a friend in Semarang, he told me hiskamar kos is completely flooded by 30 cm of water. Emoticon: Nooo


Doesn't surprise me. There are many more in this situation. Kaligawe and LIK are the worst hit.
The humidity is so high, round 98% ! It distroyed the keyboard of my laptop and steam escaped from my computer monitor. Emoticon: Cry



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On 01-02-2006 16:27 kiwimave wrote:

Ive a friend in Semarang, he told me hiskamar kos is completely flooded by 30 cm of water. Emoticon: Nooo


Doesn't surprise me. There are many more in this situation. Kaligawe and LIK are the worst hit.
The humidity is so high, round 98% ! It distroyed the keyboard of my laptop and steam escaped from my computer monitor. Emoticon: Cry



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