Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia during Inspection of Flood Management, in Demak Regency, Central Java, March 22, 2024

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 22 Maret 2024
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
The area experienced very extreme rainfall, since the extreme rainfall is 150 millimeters, but here it reached 238 millimeters. The very extreme rainfall has overwhelmed the existing embankment, causing erosion and breakage. A wide section of the embankment, measuring 16 meters, broke last night but was successfully repaired by 1 o’clock this morning after continuous work for four consecutive days, around the clock.

We hope the cloud seeding operations conducted by Weather Modification Techniques (TMC) have effectively directed cloud toward the sea to reduce rainfall in the region.

The water has decreased from 2 meters, as reported earlier, to almost half a meter. However, it still hampers residents’ activities. Therefore, we will continue pumping the water.

Journalist
Could this be attributed to an influx of river sedimentation, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Indeed, sedimentation is an ongoing issue in both reservoirs and rivers. The recent occurrence may be attributed to the lack of upstream obstruction and extensive deforestation, which exacerbates the problem. Whether it’s a flash flood or a regular one, sedimentation remains a persistent challenge.

Journalist
What about land conversion, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
That’s one of the factors. Land conversion, logging, and related activities often contribute to such incidents. These issues are not confined to our country; illegal logging poses a significant threat. Preventative measures must be taken to mitigate land conversion and its detrimental effects.

Journalist
What are the long-term management efforts, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
It seems like the responsibility lies with the regional government. Initiatives such as replanting, reforestation, and land transfer need to be halted.

Journalist
Sir, is there any assistance available for repairing the damaged houses and school buildings?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
Later, Ministry of Public Works will conduct field assessments with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), including those whose crops have been damaged. Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture will provide additional seeds to those affected. I think that’s all. Thank you.

(RIF/LW)

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