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Jakarta Floods: World Vision Responds

Source: World Vision - Asia Pacific - Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:14 GMT
Author: World Vision Asia Pacific
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Jakarta (January 18, Friday) ? World Vision Indonesia National Director, Tjahjono Soerjodibroto, declares an immediate response with a call for USD 1 million funding for the relief programmes to help ease the lives of thousands affected by severe flooding in Jakarta.

?The floods in Jakarta have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people and the number of victims may still be on the rise," said Tjahjono. ?At the moment, we are concentrating our response in the five out of our six Area Development Programs (ADP) in Jakarta that have been severely affected by the current flooding,? he added.

Scores of residents in the five areas which include Jatinegara, Cawang, Kebun Pala in East Jakarta, and Penjaringan and Cilincing in North Jakarta have been affected.

Some 15,000 to 20,000 people have been forced to abandon their houses and seek temporary shelters elsewhere. The government has declared an emergency situation up to January 27 and more floods were forecast to inundate the city.

World Vision Indonesia is currently working alongside the government to complement gaps in non-food item distributions. The Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs team started aid distributions since Wednesday afternoon right after the city was inundated to meet the immediate needs of those affected. To date, 1,000 packages of blankets and mattresses have been distributed and followed by hygiene kits. The next NFIs in the distribution pipeline are 15,000 children kits, which should reach the children in the next few days.

Jakarta has suffered from severe flooding every five years. The capital city was severely inundated back in 2002 and 2007. According to local residents, this year's flooding is much more severe and many have indicated that this may be the worst flooding that Jakarta has ever experienced. Authorities have warned that monsoonal rain will worsen in the next two weeks.

"We appreciate your support and prayers for our city as we pull through this wet season," Tjahjono Soerjodibroto added.

For more information please contact the following spokespersons:

Billy Sumuan ? +62 811569913
Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs Director, World Vision Indonesia

Alfred Anakotta - +62 81281594216
Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs Regional Officer and Response Manager,
World Vision Indonesia

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