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Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital JAKARTA - Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Overnight rains caused more floods in some areas of Jakarta, compounding the misery of thousands who have been unable to return home for more than a week after the worst flooding to hit the city in recent memory. "My baby has gone off her food and is not sleeping," said Nasikin, a 40-year-old man who along with 500 others is living under a bridge in east Jakarta.

"It is disgusting here. I cannot stand it anymore," said Nasikin. A temporary clinic was treating patients close to where Nasikin was sleeping. As in most shelters visited in recent days, he said authorities and private organisations were delivering regular supplies of food.

The floods have killed or have been cited as a factor in the deaths at least 57 people since last week, and authorities fear that cramped and unhygienic conditions in makeshift shelters across the city could spread disease. In a devastated low-income area in south Jakarta, 37-year-old Ibrahim washed himself with contaminated well water next to a cement foundation that was once his home.

Several nearby brick houses were swept away on Saturday by currents that left behind a jumble of broken furniture and smelly debris. Authorities said they planned to deploy fire trucks to spray disinfectant in hard-hit areas today.


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Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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