Early in January 2020, Flash floods in Indonesia killed 43 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Jakarta, after the city’s most intense period of rainfall since record keeping began more than 20 years ago.
Overnight rains caused more rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta sending muddy water up to 5 feet deep into more residential and commercial areas. The heavy downpour that hit the capital had submerged the state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, the country’s largest hospital, damaging medical machines and equipment.
Images from Jakarta’s greater metropolitan area, which is home to about 30 million people, showed residents wading through chest-high flood waters as they attempted to retrieve items from their waterlogged homes.
Hayat Yolu was present there to support survivors of the floods. We have provided emergency aid kits, including tents, beddings, blankets and food items.
“We are trapped here and not sure for how long we can stand this situation, we are very much worried about children and elderly people. Because this is the nature of our country, we usually try to be ready for similar conditions, we expect them all the time, however every time is different, and unique. Nature seems to be changing its tactics every time to make us more vulnerable and weaker in the fight for our lives”. Amisha 25, said.