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Jakarta residents sue over disaster

 

JAKARTA: Jakarta’s governor has been hit with a lawsuit filed by residents of the sprawling city after torrential rain sparked floods and landslides that killed dozens and left thousands homeless, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

Jakarta: Activists holds up placards and shout slogans during a rally against Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, hit with a lawsuit for failing to provide the megacity with a proper early-warning system and effective emergency measures, in front of City Hall in Jakarta on January 14, 2020. Jakarta’s governor has been hit with a lawsuit filed by residents of the sprawling city after torrential-rain sparked floods and landslides killed dozens and left thousands homeless, a lawyer said on January 14. AFP PHOTO

More than 200 flood victims are seeking a total of 43 billion rupiah ($3 million) in compensation in the class action, which was filed Monday in Jakarta district court.

The suit claims Governor Anies Baswedan was responsible for failing to provide the megacity with a proper early warning system and effective emergency measures to minimize deaths and financial losses.

The city’s legal bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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