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Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten JAKARTA - 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 has prepared this report.

More heavy rains struck some part of JABODETABEK areas today, but the most recent flooding was less widespread than in the past week. The latest status of the 14 sluices gates in Jakarta and surrounding areas are between levels 4 – 3, which means the possibility of overflow is diminishing. Many displaced people, particularly in West Jakarta, have started to return home. The number of displaced is highly fluctuating as rains continue to come in JABODETABEK areas, which area also hampering clean-up efforts.

BAKORNAS PB confirmed to the UN, NGO and donors that the death toll has reached 25 and in reference to movements, it merely stated that hundred thousands of people have been displaced. BAKORNAS expects to officially provide more detailed data by tomorrow after confirming various data.

The latest data from SATKORLAK DKI Jakarta shows that the number of IDPs in Jakarta stands currently at 87,654 people. The hardest hit areas are Rawa Buaya and Semanan in West Jakarta, and Cempaka Putih in Central Jakarta.

National response

BAKORNAS convened a coordination meeting yesterday at the office of the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare. This meeting was attended by all SATKORLAKs of the three affected provinces (Jakarta, West Java, and Banten) and all related sectoral departments to discuss and reach common understanding on the differing data those government institutions are issuing. The goal is to develop one common source of data.

The Ministry of Health (MoH), with the support of WHO, convened the first health sector coordination meeting on 7 February. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to humanitarian organizations on the government response in the health sector and to compile information on organizational activities. The main diseases monitored include leptospirosis, diarrhoea, typhoid and upper respiratory track infections. A health sector coordination meeting will now be held every Wednesday at the MoH.

The MoH continues to provide health assistance by mobilizing resources from the Regional DKI Jakarta Crisis Management Centre that also covers isolated areas surrounding Jakarta. The MoH now operates five mobile clinics every day with 43 health teams. Medicine, baby food, instant noodles, and hot meals have been distributed to affected communities. 30 rubber boats, 2 units of emergency kit, 7 tents and 3 mobile water purification units have also been provided to Ciledug, Petamburan, Cipinang and other affected areas. In order to avoid disease outbreaks, MoH has dispatched 16 joint teams that consist of the Health Office, the army and the police and district and provincial health department officials to conduct health assessments and surveillance. The team has also given trainings on quick water purification mechanism and deployed 20 teams to conduct this type of campaign and how to clean areas after floods have receded.

PMI continues to provide relief assistance and evacuation to communities in affected areas in Jakarta, Bekasi, Bogor and Tangerang. 11 public kitchens have been established to provide meals to some 40,600 people. 1,000 hygiene kits, 3,000 sarongs and 6 roll plastic sheets have been distributed to Karawang. In Bekasi, PMI has distributed 500 hygiene kits, 1,500 sarongs and 1,000 sleeping mats. 7,000 hygiene kits, 2,100 sarongs, 700 sleeping mats, and 1,000 food parcels have also been distributed to Subang. Together with Danamon Peduli Foundation, PMI conducted health services in West Jakarta and Karawang, and about 1,000 patients have been treated daily. PMI’s watsan team has conducted an assessment in Jakarta. It has recommended that water bladders (5,000 litre capacity) should be provided in 11 points in Jakarta to supply 15,557 people. In Kerawang, 2,000 water reservoirs in 6 distribution points should be provided to provide for 7,220 people and 16,000 litres of clean water distributed.

International response

The Netherlands has committed 1 million Euro, or about IDR 11,7 billion, for the floods in Jakarta. Half of this amount (500.000 Euro or IDR 5,85 billion) will be spent through the Dutch Red Cross and its Indonesian counterpart organisation on boats, food, water, medicine, clothing and blankets. The other half (IDR 5,85 billion) will be used by the International Organisation for Migration for the purchase of boats. The boats will be available soon.

The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, has allocated 100,000 Euro to deliver humanitarian relief to the most affected victims of the heavy floods in Jakarta. The assistance will be channelled through the Indonesian Red Cross, and will focus on the recovery of the supply of drinking water and on sanitation. Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain and the State Minister of International Cooperation of Spain, Leire Pajín, offered the Spanish assistance during their current visit to Indonesia.

CARE is providing water purification solution (Air Rahmat) and jerry cans to 3,000 families; hygiene kits to 1,500 families; and food to up to 5,000 families in 9 sub-districts (23 urban neighbourhoods) in Tangerang district. To date, CARE has provided emergency pots with adequate Air Rahmat and jerry cans to provide clean water for 3,000 families as well as 805 kilograms of peas and 420 cans (5 lt. each) of fortified cooking oil to emergency posts. CARE will conduct the distribution of hygiene kits to 1,500 flood-affected families in the poorest communities in Tangerang from 9 to 10 February.

Americares is providing 1,000 clean up kits for displaced people as they return to their homes in the Kampung Melayu area. Americares may also provide livelihoods materials to owners of pre-existing micro-enterprises that were destroyed during the floods.

CWS has distributed mineral water and instant noodles to approximately 125 families (500 people) in Cipinang Besar Utara. In partnership with Yakkum Emergency Unit, medical assistance has also been provided to 100 people per day in this area. Tents and blankets have also been distributed by CWS to almost 250 families in Kinonia Church Jatinegara. CWS is planning to assist a further 1,310 families (3,200 people) with water storage, hygiene kits, and sanitary napkins. 50 families living in the vicinity of the CWS office have received mineral water and blankets.

Plan Indonesia is distributing 2,900 relief packages to the Jakarta flood victims. The initial assistance funding totalled US$50,000. The distribution started on 7 February and will be completed by 9 February, and covers two areas in Central Jakarta (Petamburan and Kebon Melati), one area in East Jakarta (Cipinang Besar Selatan) and one in North Jakarta (Rawa Malang). The relief kits contain high nutrition biscuits for children, hygiene kits for babies, children and women, potable water, vitamin C for kids, children’s tee shirts and underwear, as well as blankets, sandals and sarongs for men and women.

DHL Indonesia also supports MoH logistics, through WHO, by providing trucks to deliver relief items to flood-affected areas.

UNICEF is working with MoH, WHO and other international partners to put key mitigation measures in place to protect the population at risk. So far, UNICEF will support the measles campaign in 14 IDP locations starting on 13 February, by which time supplies and equipment will be in place. This campaign will combine distribution of Vitamin A and will be preceded by an awareness building and information-sharing phase using the local media, mosques and churches in Jakarta. In addition, UNICEF will distribute ORS sachets and water purification tablets to communities for the mitigation and prevention of diarrhoea caused by the intake of contaminated water. UNICEF will also provide zinc supplements for children to treat diarrhoea. Zinc also protects children for the subsequent 3 months during which time safe water and food supplies will most likely have been restored to Jakarta.

The Swiss Red Cross and Swiss Government have provided US$ 75,000 to provide relief items (food and NFI). In addition, the Danish Red Cross will provide 2,250 hygiene kits.

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