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Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten JAKARTA - This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.


Torrential rain for several days during the last week until today in Bogor, a city located 60 km south of Jakarta and at a higher altitude, combined with heavy rains over Jakarta triggered overflowing of rivers and flooding in Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang, since Thursday 1 February. Thousands of houses, buildings (including 1,498 schools), and roads have been inundated. In Jakarta, more than 60% of the five mayoral areas have been inundated, with East Jakarta as the worst affected area. Telephone lines and electricity networks have been cut off in some parts of the city. Floodwaters have blocked some major roads and paralyzed transportation in the city. In parts of the city, trains are not functioning as railways have been also inundated. Flood water levels have rapidly increased during the last four days and reached beyond four meters in some areas. People are trapped on the roofs of their houses while evacuation and distribution of logistics have been compounded by the limited number of available rubber boats and the large coverage of the flooding. In Bogor, continuous rains triggered a landslide on Saturday 3 February, which caused two deaths and left three persons missing, and 19 houses damaged.

BAKORNAS PB reported that the number of displaced people drastically increased on Friday 2 February, from around 8,000 that morning up to 68,886 at night. The latest available data from BAKORNAS (3 February, 20:00 hrs) shows that the total number of IDPs is 189,665 persons/73,187 HH (Jakarta: 138,453 IDPs/61,134 HH; Bekasi 36,212 IDPs; Tangerang: 15,000 IDPs). Seven persons have reportedly died (four in Jakarta, one in Tangerang, and two in Bekasi).

BMG has predicted that the intensity of rains will remain at the same level for the next two days.

National response

SATKORLAK in cooperation with related departments and offices (such as the Department of Health, Public Works, Social Affairs, PMI, Search and Rescue) continue evacuating affected people, providing basic supplies, emergency shelters, health clinics, mobile latrines and public kitchens.

PMI has deployed SATGANA (Field Action Team) to carry out an assessment and facilitate the evacuation process together with the local government in all affected areas.

BAKORNAS and SATKORLAK held a meeting on 3 February to discuss the emergency response. Three BAKORNAS staff are currently assisting SATKORLAK at the SATKORLAK Crisis Center.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited affected areas on Saturday 3 February, and handed over emergency relief packages.

The Indonesian Air Force mobilized two helicopters to monitor the situation. The military and police have been deploying their personnel to help in the evacuation process and to start guarding the property of displaced people from possible looting in some areas.

BAKORNAS will conduct an internal coordination meeting with SATKORLAK on Sunday 4 February. Some of the pressing needs that have been identified consist in motorized rubber boats, community tents, ready-to-eat meals, supplemental feeding for under five children, medicines, blankets, mats.

For the coordination of assistance, BAKORNAS has established an operational centre to support the Provincial Government of Jakarta. It has also deployed a liaison officer to coordinate with the Provincial Government of Jakarta and SATKORLAK, and another liaison officer at Halim airport.

The Minister of State-Owned Companies held a coordination meeting on Saturday 3 February with the heads of eighteen state-owned companies to discuss the activation of paralyzed public services on Monday 5 February.

International response

BAKORNAS held a first meeting with the international community on Sunday 4 February to discuss coordination of the emergency response and update on the latest available information. At the time of writing, BAKORNAS head was still conducting a meeting with the Vice President and SATKORLAK to discuss the level of assistance required from the Central government to the Provincial government in dealing with this crisis.

OCHA and UNDP have set up a support structure to the BAKORNAS information centre for information management.

Australia has donated AUSD 50,000 to PMI for provision of food. GoI has not made until now any official request of international assistance.

The UN RC/HC Office in Jakarta continues monitoring the situation in close contact with pertinent government and non-government institutions, as well as PMI.

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