Relief Effort in Jakarta and the Greater Metropolitan Area, Indonesia
Torrential rains from December 31st, 2019 to January 1st, 2020 pounded the region and triggered floods and landslides in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten Province. Authorities said Tuesday the death toll from the disaster had climbed to 66. “More than 18 million people are reported to be affected by this devastation with over 173,000 displaced and in urgent need of clean water, food, medical care and shelter,” said the local disaster relief agency in a media release. This year’s flood has been the worst one since the last 2 decades.
As of January 6th, the Government data showed that there are still 35,500 people who were unable to return home after their houses were submerged in filthy water.
In some low laying places across the greater metropolitan area, the flood water level reached up to 19 feet. In the Ciledug area particularly, the flood water reached the roofs of single-level residences. At places where the spill gates malfunctioned due to the high-water level, the currents were so strong it carried away and toppled motorbikes and cars.
Aviation Without Borders USA (AWB-USA) is working with trusted counterparts in the local communities to provide relief efforts for the flood victims in the severely affected areas in Jakarta, Indonesia. AWB-USA provided resources to facilitate the distribution of food items to people living in Kampung Duri Semanan in West Jakarta Province, Kampung Lebak in West Java Province and Komplek IKPN Tanah Kusir in South Jakarta Province.
AWB-USA is also helping the flood victims to replace essential items destroyed during the flood.
BKMG, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency, predicts heavy downpours over the coming weeks and authorities were warning residents to take precaution ahead of more storms.
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