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Indonesia: Flood strikes Jakarta Jan 16

2013.01.22

The continuously more than three days high intensity raining in Jakarta and surrounding has drown more than 70% of land of Jakarta capital city of Indonesia. More than 30 sub-districts were already hit by floods in since early morning of 16 January 2013. Updated information of today (Jan 21) stated that more than 100,000 Households (245,119 population) are affected dearly from the flood disaster, there are more than 45,000 displace people who seek for shelters, with 20 loss of lives.

Dikes, water catchment areas, and more than 12 canals and rivers that flows through Jakarta cannot accommodate anymore the heavy volume of rain-fall and water-flows coming down from the river the upstream on those days. Many of suppose to be functioning for water catchment areas in Jakarta and surrounding are mostly substituted already through heavy office buildings, business centers, Mals, Plaza or  Real-estates. Meanwhile, National and Jakarta Special Province are working hand in hand with private sector and community organizations for the disaster response and relief in the field.

PLANAS has set up what we call “Desk Center for Jakarta flood disaster response and relief” and appointed one of its members, HFI – Humanitarian Forum Indonesia as its focal point. Main tasks of the “focal point” are to provide the actual information of the supply and needs of the people at the shelters and also affected people who have to stay at their own place for any reasons. PLANAS through HFI is also responsible to coordinate the distribution donated goods functioning for water catchment areas in Jakarta and surrounding are mostly substituted already through heavy office buildings, business centers, Mals, Plaza or  Real-estates. Meanwhile, National and Jakarta Special Province are working hand in hand with private sector and community organizations for the disaster response and relief in the field.

Asia Pacific Alliance would like to ask for your help with the victims of this flood. It is almost a week to be past since flood strikes Jakarta, many evacuees are still stranded  and need foods and relief items.