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Jakarta Post

Blame game begins as victims struggle

  • Sausan Atika and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 3, 2020   /  09:22 am
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Deadly water: Floodwaters inundate settlements built along the Ciliwung River, which cuts across Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, and Bukit Duri in South Jakarta. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has identified 63 flood points across the capital as of Thursday. In total, it has recorded 169 flood points across Greater Jakarta.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

Severe flooding affecting millions in Greater Jakarta has quickly reignited a spat among officials and politicians about mitigation strategies while reports of victims struggling to reach safety surfaced one day after the worst floods in the capital since 2013. At least 26 people have died as of Thursday afternoon, while 62,453 have been put up in 308 shelters throughout Greater Jakarta. Some residents, especially in housing complexes in Bekasi and Bogor in West Java, had to spend the turn of the year on the roof, without food or spare clothes, while the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) struggled to respond to help calls from distressed residents. On Thursday morning, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stressed that discussing flood mitigation should be done after the evacuation process. “The central government, the provincial administration and the reg...