JAKARTA - Predictions of the Meteorological and Geophysics Office and the Oceanologic department of the Indonesian army that high waters were about to hit the area of North Jakarta proved to be correct. Earlier on Saturday the first indication of rising sea water could be seen in Muara Baru. Once again residents there had to move to higher grounds after the water level started to rise quickly. Normally the water starts to rise around 08:00 local time (GMT+7), but this time the water already started to rise three hours earlier. Within about one hour the flood occupied the entire area. Water levels are predicted to rise even further.
The sea water can reach levels of 1.5 meters in some areas. This causes interruptions of the daily life of many of the residents in the area. They had to leave for work early or had to stay home because there was no way out anymore. Most of the people in Muara Baru work at the fish processing plant not too far from the flood. Even worse, some of the public transport had to stop operating because the water was too high. Small buses which normally ply routes through residential areas had to be careful as well. Residents are only able to slow down the amount of floodwater that enters their homes by building small dams or cement walls.