The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Sat, December 22 2012
Floods inundated railway tracks at numerous railway stations in Jakarta as a result of heavy downpour in capital on Saturday, disrupting signals and trips.
Tanah Abang and Sudirman railway stations in Central Jakarta were reportedly paralyzed from flooding that inundated railway tracks.
State-owned railway company spokesman Mateta Rijalulhaq said that floods inundated the Sudirman station by up to 13 centimeters.
“We are still monitoring the situation,” he said on Saturday evening, without elaborating.
A number of commuter lines were delayed.
Meanwhile, electric trains (KRL) serving the Serpong – Tanah Abang route were stuck at the Pondok Ranji and Kebayoran Lama stations due to floods and signal glitches at the Tanah Abang station.
An officer at the Pondok Ranji station could not ensure when the trains would resume the trips, kompas.com reported
Torrential rain during rush hour caused major gridlock around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle and the capital’s other major thoroughfares on Friday.
Fifty centimeters of flood water occurred in the traffic circle, which caused gridlock all the way to the National Monument, Central Jakarta. The congestion was made worse by some vehicles that broke down and obstructed the road.
Arif, a traffic officer in the area, told kompas.com that vehicles had been trapped since 4 p.m. and conditions had not improved past 6 p.m. “Vehicles can only pass through the outermost lane or through the Transjakarta busway lane. Even the Vice President’s car could not get through.”
Congestion also took place on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jl. TB Simatupang, as well as in Blok M and Kemang areas, South Jakarta, and in Tugu Tani, Central Jakarta