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The Indonesian Forum for the Environment stated that the flooding in Bali occurred because green open space gets very minimal. Floods can also get worse because of the construction of the Gilimanuk-Mengwi Toll Road.
“Currently, green open space in Bali is less than 30 percent. Therefore, it affects the quality of the environment in Bali,” said Director of Indonesian Forum for the Environment Bali, I Made Juli Untung Pratama, Tuesday (7/12).
He said that Denpasar had already lost Subak Kreneng and Subak Renon. Subak has a function of water distribution. Therefore, if the subak is no longer functioning, it will impact flooding in residential areas.
He emphasized that the reason for the extreme weather that caused the flooding could not be used as an excuse. According to him, the flooding occurred more because of poor spatial planning and massive land conversion in Bali.
In addition, he mentioned that the Bali Provincial Government is currently planning to build the Gilimanuk Mengwi Toll Road, which uses productive agricultural land and forest areas.
The project reduces the water absorption area drastically, so it has the potential to trigger flooding with a higher intensity.
“The occurrence of this flood is not solely because of extreme weather, but the failure of the Bali Provincial Government in carrying out environmental management,” he said.
“The Bali Provincial Government should think of appropriate and fast measures to overcome this problem. Instead of continuing to make efforts to pass the Gilimanuk-Mengwi toll road project,” said Pratama.
Denpasar City Regional Disaster Management Agency Secretary, Ardy Ganggas, said that several locations in Denpasar experienced severe flooding, namely North, South, and West Denpasar.
A landslide occurred on Jalan Tunjung Tutur, Gang Taman Sari, Denpasar, Bali, which resulted in three cars being buried. There were no recorded victims.
“There are several landslides that stand out because there are several vehicles that also collapsed. But the damage caused by flooding has not been recorded. It only interferes with activities,” he said.
He said the cause of the flooding and stagnant water was because of heavy rainfall. Happened since early Tuesday morning and was also affected by the extreme weather of La Nina.
The acting head of the Badung Regional Disaster Management Agency, I Wayan Wirya, said that the flooding occurred because of high rainfall since Monday (6/12) early in the morning.
“If there are some floods in North Kuta, there are also areas in front of the Badung BPBD Office, on Jalan Kunti, Kuta, on Jalan Kartika Plaza and Sunset Road Kuta and as in Jimbaran, South Kuta,” he added.