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#43285 - 05 Feb 07 05:20 Flood Disaster
riccardo Offline
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Registered: 12 Oct 05
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Loc: Jakarta
Here's the latest from the Sunday JP, looks like the quality control editors have taken the weekend off...


Floods worsen, victims still cry for helps

JAKARTA (JP): Floods, which have paralyzed much of Jakarta and its surrounding areas, became worsening Sunday as overnight rains in the upper areas sparked overflows much more water from rivers in the capital.

Meanwhile, about 120,000 victims, who have fled their houses cried for foods, clothes, and other accommodations, while many others, who were still trapped in their houses, asked for evacuations.

Elshinta news radio reported Sunday that thousands of flood victims in Berlan area in Matraman subdistrict, Central Jakarta have not received any aid although their houses have been inundated since Saturday.

In Bekasi municipality, hundreds of other flood victims are still trapped in their houses in Duta Keranji because initially they ignored the call for immediate flee when water started inundating their houses.

"We hope that we will be evacuated soon because we have posed food shortage," Agung, one of the residents of Duta Keranji was quoted as saying.

Two days of incessant rain over Jakarta and the upper areas -- Depok and Bogor in West Java -- have triggered very bad floods in the capital since the city's worst floods since Friday.

The waters have so for inundated more than 20,000 homes, school and hospitals in poor and wealthy districts alike, forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies and paralyzing transport networks.

Flood victims currently stayed in temporary shelters like mosques, schools and government agencies. Some are holding out on the second floors of their homes, refusing to be relocated by soldiers in rubber dinghies.

Government agencies are also struggling to provide aid to the homeless, but there are still many people, who have not been reached by aid, particularly, who were still trapped in their roofs of their houses.

Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) is forecasting rain for the next two weeks.

Jakarta is regularly struck with floods, though not on the scale as in recent days. Dozens of slum areas near rivers are washed out each year. Residents either refuse or are too poor to vacate the districts. (**)

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#43286 - 05 Feb 07 05:40 Re: Flood Disaster [Re: riccardo]
KuKuKaChu Moderator Offline
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Registered: 09 Oct 05
Posts: 10790
Loc: Centre of the Universe
good fucking grief.
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#43288 - 05 Feb 07 06:23 Re: Flood Disaster [Re: KuKuKaChu]
Piss Salon Offline
Pujangga Besar

Registered: 27 Jun 06
Posts: 4039
Loc: Jakpus
They often post unedited shit on their website, including from Antara.

I see our very own Roy's Hair made page one of The Point on Saturday.

Jakarta, the nation's capital, ground to a near standstill yesterday as floodwaters from overflowing rivers and surface flooding from days of torrential rain severed the city's main arteries, cut communication lines and caused untold economic losses to the center of the nation.

The flooding affected the greater Jakarta area as a whole, with widespread damage being reported in all the city's satellite cities, including in Bekasi where the failure of a dam resulted in the flash flooding of 500 exclusive homes alone.

Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso, currently in the last of his allowable ten years as governor and who has failed to implement concrete measures to address the near-annual flooding disasters, warned further bad weather was likely to cause more flooding in the days ahead in a city plagued by bird flu, dengue fever and now flooding.

"I ask people to remain wary and respond to every warning. If they have to be evacuated, go to the set areas," Sutiyoso said after a coordinating meeting with disaster mitigation officials.
Flooding in the capital five years ago resulted in the death of more than 50 people.

Speaking earlier, Sutiyoso admitted Jakarta was currently facing three major problems: bird flu, dengue fever and floods.
“We do not have to blame each other and let's stop talking too much. It's better that we face the problems together," he said.

Though Menteng in Central Jakarta where Sutiyoso resides escaped any major flooding, other parts of the city were inundated in floodwaters as deep as three meters, forcing many thousands of people from their homes.

Others were simply trapped.

Expatriate Simon Pitchforth, an English teacher and writer, and a Dutch roommate were forced to spend nearly 24 hours on the second floor of their Kemang home without electricity before they took the plunge through knee-deep water to seek accommodation in a hotel in Central Jakarta.


“What does this governor think he's playing at then,” Pitchforth asked The Point, somewhat rhetorically.
Others, including families, were forced to gather in designated shelters around the city, often in cramped, unsanitary conditions.

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#43308 - 05 Feb 07 11:22 Re: Flood Disaster [Re: Piss Salon]
chewwyUK Offline
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Registered: 14 Sep 06
Posts: 2392
Loc: Jakarta
I love the quote “What does this governor think he's playing at then” ... a question that we are all no doubt asking ourselves. If only the goverment was there to help the people and not themselves, Indonesia would be a much better place.

Do the indonesians on this site not feel the time is right to riot in the streets and start burning things until they listen?
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#43309 - 05 Feb 07 11:30 Re: Flood Disaster [Re: chewwyUK]
riccardo Offline
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Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
I could rant on about this stuff for hours, and I'd surely join in any rioting, but I'll be more concise with a nice post on this later. I'll prepare something more in-depth with facts and figures and theories tomorrow...

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#43319 - 05 Feb 07 13:36 Re: Flood Disaster [Re: riccardo]
Piss Salon Offline
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Registered: 27 Jun 06
Posts: 4039
Loc: Jakpus
Minister of Public Works Joko Kirmanto has called on Jakartans who own land designated to become part of the east flood canal project to relinquish their land so the project can proceed and the effects of flooding in the capital lessened.

Kirmanto, speaking before attending a meeting on the floods at the Crisis Center in City Hall on Sunday, said that of the 23-kilometer project stretching from Duren Sawit in East Jakarta to Marunda in North Jakarta, only seven kilometers had been completed due to problems purchasing resident's land.

Though there is yet to be an estimate to the damage caused by the current flooding disaster, estimates of damage from floods in 2002 were $1.1 billion in damage to property and in lost productivity.

The west flood canal was built, with some foresight, by the Dutch in 1930 and though plans for the east flood canal were completed in 1973 it has still not been built, with deadly and costly consequences. During 2002's disaster more than 50 people died while the death toll this time around stands at at least nine with more than 50,000 forced from their homes.

The estimated cost of the project, in 2002, was Rp4.4 trillion but the figure being used by officials now is Rp4.9 trillion.

Asked when the east flood canal would be completed, Kirmanto said that if land acquisition was completed this year, the project would be completed by 2008.

However, East Jakarta Mayor Koesnan Abdul Halim said construction of the project would start in 2008 so that by mid 2009, the canal would be functioning optimally, providing increased flood protection to about 25% of the city, particularly in the east.

For Kampung Melayu, especially those living by the Ciliwung river, efforts should involve funding from the central government's because relocating all the residents will require a lot of money," he said.

Earlier, Sutiyoso said that in the absence of the flood canal, it would be difficult to rid Jakarta of floods. “What we do now is to minimize the losses due to the floods,” he said.
The project is being financed by both the state and local administrations, who are contributing Rp2.5 trillion and Rp2.4 trillion respectively, though efforts fall under the control of the local administration.
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