Jakarta flood victim dies
at shelter

A 70-year-old evacuee from the ongoing flooding has died. M. Soleh, who was being put up in a temporary shelter at the Hermina Maternity hospital in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, died on Monday night.

Soleh’s sister Nursiah, 62, said on Tuesday that he had died from respiratory and digestive problems. Nursiah said that her brother had suffered from coughing for a week. “He was still complaining about the cough on Monday morning,” Nursiah said as quoted by kompas.com.

According to Nursiah, Soleh went to sleep on Monday evening. “When we tried to wake him for dinner, he did not respond. His body was cold,” she said.

“We called a doctor to examine him. The doctor pronounced him dead,” she added.

Soleh and other residents of Kampung Pulo in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, have been staying in the basement of the Hermina hospital since floods inundated their homes on Sunday.

Soleh’s neighbor Haris said that the conditions at the shelter had a deleterious effect on the old man’s health. “He only slept on cardboard and plastic, without any blankets,” he said.

Several parts of Jakarta have been affected by flooding, including Bidara Cina, Cawang, Kramat and Bukit Duri. (cor/lfr)

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