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Jakarta Post

Jakartans unprepared for New Year's deluge

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 3, 2020   /  08:56 am
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Residents use carts to traverse through a flooded street in Jelambar, West Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The ground in Tomang subdistrict in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, was still wet on Thursday morning after a downpour the night before and even more torrential rain that started on New Year’s Eve. Two classrooms at SD 11 Tomang state elementary school were packed with dozens of evacuees who had fled their homes after they became inundated by floodwaters of up to 1 meter in depth. Fortunately for them, the school was still on a year-end semester break. Among the flood victims was Marni, who was sitting on the floor with her neighbors, most of whom were women, and their children. All they could do was talk to each other. There was nothing to eat and no fresh water to drink. “The [Tomang] subdistrict head and his staff visited us yesterday [Wednesday], but they came without bringing any supplies, like drinking water or cup noodles. Someone from the community health ce...