Cost of underestimating how fast water can rise in Jakarta

Neighbours outside the writer's house near Krukut River in Jakarta evacuating from their home on New Year's Day.
Neighbours outside the writer's house near Krukut River in Jakarta evacuating from their home on New Year's Day.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

It started pouring in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. The rain was relentless.

My wife and I went to bed later that night anxious about the possibility of flooding. We live a stone's throw from Krukut River, less than 20m from one of 13 rivers that criss-cross the city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Cost of underestimating how fast water can rise'. Subscribe