Based on data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in 2020, Central Java Province became the area with the highest number of floods.
The Malay proverb is appropriate to express the attitude of the PDI-P which criticizes Anies Baswedan excessively without realizing that this deficiency is more commonly found in the PDI-P itself.
“Elephants in the eyelids are not realized, germs across the sea are brightly lit.” Malay wisdom is a way to make people aware of always improving themselves and there is no point in looking for other people’s faults, so you forget to work.
Based on data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in 2020, Central Java Province became the area with the highest number of floods, namely 234, West Java 92, North Sumatra 50, Central Kalimantan 34, North Sumatra 33 times. In the 2020 period, Central Java became the only province with the highest number of floods, reaching 254 floods. Meanwhile, DKI Jakarta only 58 times.
JAKARTA | KBA – Jakarta Provincial Governor Anies Baswedan is still being criticized by PDI-P after the flood and inundation shortly after Jakarta was hit by extreme rain on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
PDI-P took advantage of the temporary flooding and inundation to criticize the former minister of education and culture. As conveyed by the Secretary of DPD PDI-P DKI Jakarta Gembong Warsono who accused Anies Baswedan of not being able to work, and the reason why Anies Baswedan worked quietly was because there was nothing to do.
Gembong’s criticism then received strong replies from Twitter users, including Twitter social media activist @Francois Muhede. Mohede said that Anies’ work was not on imaging, such as entering sewers, not sweeping roads and controlling traffic.
“Bham1 @aniesbaswedan has never worked, because he doesn’t control traffic at intersections, he doesn’t go into sewers, he doesn’t sweep roads. What governor is that, sir?” wrote @Francois Muhede as quoted by KBA News in Jakarta, Thursday, January 20, 2022.
“Sorry boss. Mr. Anies is not a person who likes self-imaging. It doesn’t look like Ono has entered the sewer,” added the account @Burhanarief.
The account with the name @Syaifullah Bachtiar admitted that he would not be surprised by the political style of the PDI-P if they become the opposition in one government. Therefore, the style of their criticism of Anies Baswedan is not much different from that of Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono (SBY).
“This is their style when they are in opposition, but when they become rulers, we know everything. Their attitude is not far from their pattern when SBY was president. Is it better now???,” wrote @Syaifullah Bachtiar.
It doesn’t stop there, the @Sahrulsyah account claims that the party created by Megawati Soekarnoputri, if not in power, looks like market thugs who don’t pay enough.
“If the PDI-P is not in power, it keeps on making noise, like PREMAN, it doesn’t pay much, it’s so powerful it’s as easy as it is to be like the country that owns it,” wrote @Sahrulsyah.
Meanwhile, the account @Sulaiman Ang explained, a leader does not need to go down to work on the road or culvert, but he makes the right concept or idea so that his staff works as planned.
“Mr. Anies didn’t go straight to work, but he thought that his staff should work thoroughly and smartly…the budget he used was not in vain. While that one thinks no, work is not right, just work, work, work,” concluded @Sulaiman.
Floods in DKI Jakarta and Central Java: a comparison
When floods become a benchmark for regional head performance, the public often uses their ability to handle floods as a benchmark.
DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo are often compared to each other since they are predicted to be the strongest candidates in the 2024 presidential election.
In addition to handling Covid-19, health, poverty, education, providing employment, transportation and infrastructure, the performance of the two in dealing with floods also did not escape the public spotlight. Anies excels on all fronts, is a fact.
Based on data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) throughout the 2020 period, the measure of the success of flood management is the frequency and distribution of floods which should decrease, coupled with the reduced number of affected people.
In the 2020 period, Central Java became the only province with the highest number of floods, reaching 254 floods.
Followed by West Java as much as 215 times and East Java as much as 136 times. Meanwhile, floods that occurred in the DKI Jakarta area were only 58 times throughout 2020.
The flood disaster that hit most of Central Java in the 2020 period resulted in 264,905 people being affected, 21,490 people having to evacuate and 13 people dying.
The flood disaster also inundated 526 residential areas, 19 bridges were badly damaged and as many as seven educational centers were damaged by the flood.
Meanwhile, only 67,951 people were affected by the floods in DKI Jakarta, 54,535 people were displaced and 20 people died.
The flood in the capital city did not seriously affect public facilities, such as houses of worship, education and health centers, or other public facilities.
According to BNPB, the 2020 floods will not be the worst. Previously, there were five major floods in the history of DKI Jakarta, namely in 2002, 2007, 2013, and 2014.
If you look at the impacts, such as the death toll, the distribution of flood points and the number of refugees, it can be concluded that 2007 was the worst flood.
Central Java and West Java even worse!
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has released the weather in Indonesia in not so good conditions. Rain, wind, sea waves and floods are threats in front of the eyes so people are urged to be careful in their activities.
So far, several areas in Indonesia have been hit by disasters, especially floods after extreme rains have hit Indonesia in the last few days.
Starting from 2020 until now, Central Java (Central Java) and West Java Provinces have experienced many floods. Outside of Java, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, North Sumatra, the most floods occurred.
Based on data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in 2020, Central Java Province became the area with the highest number of floods, namely 234, West Java 92, North Sumatra 50, Central Kalimantan 34, North Sumatra 33 times.
The fact that the smallest number of floods in Indonesia is DKI Jakarta and Aceh. Interestingly, this BNPB data is from January to September 2020, meaning that the number of occurrences of this flood disaster does not last for a full year.
Although official data from BNPB has been released, the public’s eye will always be on DKI Jakarta, even though the number of floods is very small.
“Jakarta’s floods are always crowded in the news, but the fact is that according to BNPB 2020 data, it is not Jakarta that is hit by the most floods. But Central Java,” wrote an observer of the Tatak Ujiyati Administration on his Twitter account quoted by KBA News in Jakarta, Thursday, January 20, 2022.
“In the comments, there are many who think that the comparison of floods between provinces is irrelevant. The data is data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), of course for BNPB the comparison is relevant. To see which provinces need more assistance in mitigating floods every year,” he said.
Kelapa Gading flood is now receding fast
The flood prevention program in DKI Jakarta carried out by Governor Anies Baswedan is no joke. The results are real, not just a figment and just a sweetener on the lips when giving promises when campaigning.
Anies’ success in overcoming floods can be proven by data and facts.
An example is the Kelapa Gading area, North Jakarta. So far, the area is known as a flooded area. No half-hearted, the height of the flood can reach the waist of an adult and only subsided after days.
Now, that kind of situation doesn’t happen anymore. Floods still occur when heavy and extreme rain falls. But after the rain stopped, the floodwaters quickly receded and the roads were dry again just hours after the rain stopped. No need to wait tens of hours, let alone days like previous years.
The condition of the highway in front of Kelapa Gading Mall, North Jakarta in 2020. When it rains, this road floods as shown by Irwansyah’s wife. But now, after the rain had stopped, the water that had previously flooded the road area, immediately receded, entering the infiltration wells that were widely scattered along the road. (Photo: screenshot of Irwansyah’s video)
The fact is the testimony of a resident of Kelapa Gading, Irwansyah. Through a video recording that he sent to KBA News, Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Irwansyah said that the Kelapa Gading area always flooded when it rained, as he showed through the picture of his wife standing on the side of the highway and the flood was up to her calf.
But that happened during the flood in 2020 because there was no infiltration well in the middle of the road in front of the Kelapa Gading Mall.
“That’s my wife standing on the side of the road. If you go to the middle, it can be waist-deep,” said Irwansyah, explaining.
This year, continued Irwansyah, shortly after the rain stopped, the road, which was originally covered with flood water, was dry again. The water immediately receded and entered infiltration wells built by Anies Baswedan in the middle of Jalan Kelapa Gading.
“Thank God it’s not flooded anymore. It has been raining since morning. Now (the water) is receding fast. Especially in the middle of many infiltration wells,” he said.
Facts are something happened, while imagination is something else, and you can’t reverse that.
Compiled and re-written by: Edwin J. Pohan