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Indonesia capital to build seawall

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Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, plans to build a seawall to overcome increasing sea levels, national news agency quoted Governor Fauzi Bowo as saying at a meeting with newsmen at Hotel Golden Boutique on Monday.

"The seawall is badly needed especially because 40 percent of the Jakarta area is currently under the sea level," he said.

The seawall is not like the current embankment for blocking tidal waves but it will be like a huge wall stretching along the Jakarta coast.

He likened the wall to the one being prepared stretching from St Petersburg in Rusia and New Orleans in the US which had a topography like that of Jakarta. "The two cities are also port cities like Jakarta so that the wall may not disturb ships coming in and out the cities," he said.

Regarding the urgency of the development of the wall the governor said that it was because globally the sea level was increasing 0.8 centimeters a year while the construction would take years.

"This is not only a multi-year project but perhaps even a decades-long project," he said.

The people living in North Jakarta right now have not yet fully been freed from the impact of tidal waves because the damaged parts of the embankment had not been fully repaired.

The head of the city’s public works service, Budi Widiantoro, admitted it saying it was because the construction of the Pelindo embankment had not yet finished.

"It is still leaking. Attempts have been made to stop using river stones but it could not as yet overcome the problem," he said.


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