WB approves clean-up project for flood mitigation in Indonesia

The World Bank (WB) has approved a clean-up project to support the provincial government's flood management system in Jakarta, Indonesia.

WB's Jakarta urgent flood mitigation project, or the Jakarta emergency dredging initiative (JEDI), will help clean out 67.5km of 11 key channel sections and 65ha of four retention basins to help restore their operating capacities.

The project will be financed by a $139.64m loan and will receive an additional $49.71m from the Indonesian Government, as well as the DKI Jakarta provincial authority.

The JEDI project is also designed to repair about 42km of embankments to assist Jakarta's flood management system.

As part of the work, nearly 3.4 million cubic metres of sediment is expected to be dredged out of the waterways and basins, with all sections of project sites being tested prior to this dredging.

Hazardous and non-hazardous materials, as well as any solid wastes found, will be taken to separate specialised disposal facilities.

World Bank senior water and sanitation specialist in Jakarta Fook Chuan Eng said: "Studies show that the most beneficial step for flood mitigation in Jakarta is to rehabilitate the city's flood management system back to its original design capacity. In addition to dredging, flood mitigation would also benefit from routine operation and maintenance."