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Monday, March 13, 2017

Rain, rain, go away.

Come again another day..? 

Maybe that’s what most Jakarta citizens said in their prayers when their hometown was struck by heavy overnight rain throughout this week ever since Monday (February 20th). What happened next was predictable. Yes, thousands of homes and roads in Jakarta were flooded! Some areas were even flooded with water as high as 1.5 m on Tuesday (February 21st).

According to the Jakarta Post, The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)’s spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho explained via press release that the floods occurred because the city’s drainage system couldn’t accommodate the overflowing water. He also said that the floods hit at least 54 areas in South Jakarta, East Jakarta, and North Jakarta.

Due to the high-water levels, many workers were forced to stay home and some schools temporarily closed for safety reasons. There were even two hashtags used to talk about the floods, which were #JakartaBanjir (6,959 posts) and #JakartaSurut (1,234 posts).

We took the liberty to break down the two topics or hashtags including some of the posts according viral reach. Our radar found that it was @ZUL_Hasan’s tweet that generated most buzz (3,483,318) surrounding the topic #JakartaBanjirMeanwhile, one of the most viral posts about #JakartaSurut was dominated by @JovintaShinta’s tweet in 1,505,344 buzz. However, when we tried to track the influencer by engagement, @mono_politik was the leader of the pack with 1,387 buzz (#JakartaBanjir) followed by @Takviri with 828 buzz (#JakartaSurut).

Want to find out more about the conversation among netizens surrounding #JakartaBanjir and #JakartaSurut? Take a look at our infographic below for comparisons of the two infamous hashtags.