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Royal Haskoning and Mott MacDonald to help Indonesia prevent burst dams

Royal Haskoning and Mott MacDonald is to help to inspect 200 potentially dangerous dams in and around Jakarta, following the dam breach in the Indonesian capital in March that cost over a hundred lives.

Thousands of people around Jakarta live near dams which need dam safety assessment. Indonesia’s public works minister has asked for assistance.

The Netherlands’ secretary of state for transport and communications Tineke Huizinga is sending Dutch experts to carry out a critical inspection of the dams around Jakarta and to provide capacity building to the ministry of public works.

Royal Haskoning and Euroconsult Mott MacDonald will be working with DHV, Witteveen&Bos and Deltares. The team of specialists will work with experts from the Indonesian Public Works Ministry to survey acute risks at the dams and draw up an action plan. After preliminary analysis, follow-up investigations will take place at the dams most at risk.

The Indonesian Public Works Minister asked the Netherlands for assistance after very heavy and long rainfall burst the dam of the Situ Gintung reservoir, on Jakarta’s south-western outskirts, on 27 March. Water from the lake gushed through the breach, about 60 metres across, into a densely populated area. As a result, a giant flood wave devastated a district and more than a hundred lives were lost.

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