Massive Rain Cripples Jakarta, Presidential Palace Flooded


From Detik News:

With Rolled-Up Pants, President SBY Monitors The Flood Situation Inside Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace did not escape from the flood. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) had to roll up his pants in order to monitor the flooding situation inside the palace.

Based on photos sent by the Bureau of Public Relations of the State Palace on Thursday (Jan 17th), at 10.15 pm, the Presidential Palace complex was flooded. The water level inside the building could be seen reaching up to the calf of the President.


The President was wearing a blue shirt and knee-high beige pants. He was seen monitoring the water level at a corridor inside the Presidential Palace.

In the photo, the President was pointing at areas which were affected by the flooding. President SBY also invited some officials from the State Secretariat.

View Outside The Presidential Palace

View Outside The Presidential Palace

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson had already warned of the flooding potential inside the State Palace. Through BNPB, the President has expressed readiness to face such floods.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) had no choice but to postpone an important meeting with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which was scheduled for this morning.

Other pictures of flooded Jakarta:


The above photo is the scene of Jakarta’s famous Bundaran HI landmark where Indonesians organized a Gangnam Style flash mob just a few months ago.

Flooding in Jakarta

Flooding in Jakarta

Flooding in Jakarta

A video showing the current flood situation in Jakarta:

Comments from Kaskus and Detik News:

Riyan Soekamti Oziyless:

When can Jakarta be free of flood if its residents do not dispose their garbage properly…


Do not blame SBY [the president]… This is a force of nature.

Fatahurrachman Jonless:



LOL. Finally enjoying the development result from corruption, eh?



Do you need us to send you some rice grain, Mr SBY?

Euis Elliyaless:

Hehe. Don’t worry, Mr SBY, you should also experience what other citizens are suffering.


Careful, there might be snakes…


What??? The water is only at calf-level inside the State Palace? That’s not enough… I wish it was completely submerged instead.


The flooding situation [in Jakarta] must be pretty severe if the State Palace is flooded too.



Imagine the embarrassment if important overseas guests had to travel to the State Palace via rubber boats


When do you think Jakarta will be free of floods and traffic jams?


Pray for Jakarta. Hopefully Jokowi can solve the flooding situation in Jakarta.

What do you think? What was the worst flood you’ve encountered?

A Rolls Royce stranded in the flood

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  • elizabeth

    This is one reason why they should reconsider the underground MRT system. More haste less speed. Penny wise, pound foolish.

  • Majumundur

    It’s time to enforce strict garbage disposal laws like in Singapore… Lazy ass Indonesia citizens!

  • 3ayo

    I wouldn’t be surprised if flooding becomes more common in the future. Proper drainage/sewage, and floodgates should be at the top of priorities specially for a city/metro of Jakarta’s size, or expect this continue.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Oh man. That’s kind of crazy. I can’t imagine seeing, say, New York City flooded like that!

    Though, apparently that’s exactly what happened during Hurricane Sandy. A little glad I was in Taiwan at the time, but also wish I could’ve seen such mighty feats of nature in person…

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